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CAE member Li Lanjuan wins UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in Life Sciences

  • Published: Apr 14, 2022
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Professor Li Lanjuan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), was awarded the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in Life Sciences during a ceremony in Paris on March 14.

Upon the recommendation of the CAE, Li has been rewarded for her innovative approach to dealing with infectious diseases that include COVID-19, influenza and severe viral hepatitis. Among her outstanding contributions are the theory of microecology highlighting the significance of the microbiome and creation of a unique artificial liver. 

Shen Xuesong, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, received the honor on behalf of Li, who was unable to attend in person due to other commitments.

In her speech via video link, Li said it is a great honor to personally witness and experience  rapid progress in infectious disease prevention and control in China and the world. Noting many challenges in the field and the grim situation of infectious disease prevention and control around the world, Li said it’s important for the global community to strengthen cooperation and she will personally remain committed to the endeavor.

The prize funded by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is given annually to a maximum of three laureates in recognition of outstanding scientific research in life sciences that has improved the quality of life. The other winners this year are Dr Chad Mirkin of the US and Professor Christofer Toumazou from the UK.