Two scientists from Pakistan and US have received the CAS Award for International Cooperation for their contribution to scientific cooperation between CAS and the rest of the world.
AsianScientist (Jan. 13, 2014) – Two scientists from Pakistan and US have received the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Award for International Cooperation in Beijing for their contribution to scientific cooperation between CAS and the rest of the world.
Professor Atta-ur Rahman of the University of Karachi in Pakistan and Professor Xiao-Fan Wang of Duke University in the US were nominated, respectively, by the Institute of Chemistry of CAS and the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences of CAS.
Launched by the academy in 2007, the award honors foreign scientists for their contributions to Sino-foreign research cooperation. The prize is awarded annually by CAS.
Born in 1942, Professor Rahman is an organic chemist and scholar in Pakistan. He is known for his research related to natural product chemistry. Professor Rahman has made contributions to promoting cooperation between China and Pakistan. He signed a MOU with CAS on behalf of Pakistan to hold cross-national seminars, expand collaborative research between the two countries, and send young Chinese and Pakistani scholars to study in each other’s countries in order to increase scholarly communication.
Thanks to the platform he created, 59 Pakistan students are now studying at CAS institutions with the support of CAS-TWAS fellowships. Professor Rahman also initiated a joint-supervision program for Ph.D. students. As a result, about 400 Pakistani students are conducting their doctoral studies in China.
Professor Wang is a professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. As a renowned onco-molecular biology researcher, Professor Wang studies the molecular nature and signaling mechanisms associated with the tumor microenvironment to understand how tumor progression and metastasis are promoted. He has made important achievements in the study of TGF-ß signaling mechanisms in the context of both cultured cells and animal models.
Prof. Wang leads a team of scientists from CAS’ Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences and overseas specialists. The team has done research on glycolipid metabolism and related diseases.
As the president of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, Professor Wang has made efforts to enhance the academic status of overseas Chinese scientists and help Chinese research institutions recruit and cultivate talent.
Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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