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2020 Winners of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Nov 04, 2021

Dale Sanders

Professor Dale Sanders is a world-famous plant chemist, member of the Royal Society, member of the Council of the Royal Society, and director of the John Innes Centre (JIC), UK. He is a leader in the field of plant ion signals and mineral nutrition.

Professor Sanders has been cooperating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for more than ten years, which has made important contributions to the scientific and technological development and talent training in the field of plants and microorganisms. Since the founding of CAS periodical Molecular Plant (MP) in 2008, Professor Sanders has been a member of its Advisory Editorial Board. With the positive advice and help of Professor Sanders, MP has become a well-known brand journal in the field of plant science.

Driven by Professor Sanders’ efforts, the CAS and JIC co-founded the CAS-JIC Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS) in 2014. During the past six years, nine Group Leaders, including three foreigners, have been introduced in CEPAMS’ Beijing campus (IGDB, CAS) and Shanghai campus (CEMPS, CAS). As an important member of the CEPAMS Board, Professor Sanders attended all Board Meetings, visited China on average five times a year for exchanges and lectures. He plays an irreplaceable leadership role. At present, the CEPAMS has been initially built into a materialized Sino-UK joint scientific research center with international vision and outstanding goals, which has led to the cooperation and exchange of scientists in the field of microbiology and plant science between China and Britain.

Glyn Nigel Stacey

Professor Glyn Nigel Stacey is a world-leading scientist in the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine, the founding director of the UK Stem Cell Bank, and chair of the International Committee for Stem Cell Standardization. He established the International Stem Cell Banking Initiative in 2007, and has made great contributions in building up stem cell resource management system, international standardization, and good manufacturing practice.

Professor Stacey has cooperated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for 17 years to bring international accreditation and quality management system, as well as setting training courses for key technical and managing staffs to establish the National Stem Cell Resource Center as the world largest clinical-grade stem cell bank. He has recommended a batch of junior scientists to the International Organization for Standardization, substantially improve China’s leading role in international standardization.

Prof Stacey is dedicated to expanding CAS' presence in this field. He directly promoted CAS' entry into the International Stem Cell Forum (ISCF) and as host of the ISCF Conferences and Ethics Working Committee meetings. He has also been deeply involved in facilitating implementation of the international big science research plan. The coordination and expansion of these networks and development of collaborations arising from them will help to build China's engagement and role in stem cell field on an international stage.

 K. Barry Sharpless

K. Barry Sharpless is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a member of The National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The 2001 Nobel Laureate became W. M. Keck Professor at The Scripps Research Institute in 1990.

He is best known for discovering and developing many widely used catalytic oxidation processes. He is also famous for click chemistry, a term he coined in 1998, a far-reaching method for drug discovery, chemical biology and materials science.

Professor Sharpless established long-term and close academic relations with the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He joined the Key Laboratory of Organofluorine Chemistry in SIOC as an adjunct professor in May 2016.

His research mainly focuses on the “SuFEx Click chemistry.” Collaborating with Prof. DONG Jiajia’s group, his research group at SIOC constructed a new method that makes azides from virtually any primary amine safely and efficiently. The transformation will have applications in many fields, including organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and materials science, particularly in pharmaceuticals to speed the discovery of useful new molecules. The result was published in Nature, and was selected as one of its top ten outstanding papers in 2019.

Professor Sharpless made significant contributions to the development and students training in the field of chemistry in China. He made suggestions for the overall development and strategic planning of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and under his training, many scholars have become backbone talent in their research fields. Professor DONG Jiajia, his collaborator in SIOC, once a postdoctoral in his group at Scripps, is the winner of China's 2nd National Innovation Award.

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