‘Inspirer’ Katalin Karikó will attend the VinFuture event

The “scientific heroes” have made great contributions to the fight against Covid-19 and their inspirational stories will be shared at VinFuture Science Week, which will take place from January 18 to 21, 2022 in Hanoi. Interior.

mRNA technology brings hope to the world

In just 1 week, VinFuture Awards will announce the owners of 4 prestigious prizes, with a total value of 4.5 million USD. Within the framework of the event, there will be a series of exchange programs and talks with the world’s most “terrible” scientists in many fields.

According to information from VinFuture, it is noteworthy that GS. Katalin Karikó, Senior Vice President of BioNTech and Prof. Drew Weissman, Director of Vaccine Research, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. These are two scientists, two collaborators who have laid the foundation for mRNA technology to make billions of doses of vaccines – human shields in the fight against Covid-19.

The work of two professors and a thorny journey to find a new path for humanity has become an inspirational story around the world, especially with female professor Katalin Karikó. Karikó’s first ideas about inserting messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules into the body to “teach” cells to make new proteins, received many laughs. Simply because in theory when injecting mRNA into a person, the body’s defense system will consider it as an “allergen”, simply understood as an illegal intruder and destroy it immediately.

Professor Katalin Karikó will attend VinFuture Awards Week from January 18-21, 2022

Despite the criticism, the female professor did not give up on further research into her big idea. However, all the doors closed one by one. The effective collaborator suddenly abandoned the project, leaving Karikó alone to manage in a situation with no finances, no research room. With a project that did not produce much results and did not receive any funding, she was even fired from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. At the same time, she received a diagnosis of cancer.

In the darkest moment, GS. Katalin Karikó met her partner in the years that followed, Prof. Drew Weissmen. When he first heard Karikó talk about mRNA, Drew Weissman believed that this would change the future of humanity and determined to help with his partner. Even so, in the early years, the two scientists continued to be rejected because no one was interested in mRNA. Even scientific journals have not paid much attention to the supposedly difficult work.

It was only in 2005, when animal tests were initially successful and funding was added, that the work really made a big breakthrough. Until the SARS-CoV-2 genome was decoded, based on mRNA technology, humans have made the most effective shield to date to save billions of lives.

With great contributions to the fight against Covid-19, Prof. Katalin Kariko and Prof. Drew Weissman has been honored with prestigious awards such as: Princess of Asturias, Breakthrough Award in Life Sciences, Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for outstanding work in basic medical research…

A series of names who have won Nobel Prizes, Millenium come to Vietnam

Inspiring stories of two great scientists are expected at VinFuture Science Week during the session on The Future of Health, part of the “Science for Life” Seminar on January 19.

VinFuture Award Council

Joining two famous professors, there are also big names like Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Deputy Scientific Director of the Center for AIDS Research South Africa (CAPRISA), Vice President of the African Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Technical Task Force on AIDS of the National Council of South Africa – A female professor known for her invention of a topical gel that reduces HIV transmission among young women and girls in Africa.

Information from the organizers of the VinFuture Prize said that many great scientists who have won the Nobel Prize, Millennium … have confirmed that they will come to Vietnam to attend the series of events. Notably, GS. Sir Richard Henry Friend – winner of the Millennium Technololy Prize in Physics in 2010, Prof. Gérard Mourou – winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, or Prof. Sir Konstantin (Kostya) S. Novoselovm, the youngest scientist ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics (in 2010, when he was just 36 years old).

With the appearance of prestigious scientists, VinFuture Science Week is considered the most important and largest-scale event in the world of science and technology. Researchers and the public are looking forward to the moment to honor scientists and projects that have helped create positive changes for millions of people around the world during the Awards Ceremony on the evening of January 20, 2022.

VinFuture Science Week will have 4 main activities including: Exchange with the Award Council and the Preliminary Council; Seminar “Science for Life”; The 1st VinFuture Awards Ceremony and Exchange with VinFuture Award Winners. Specifically:

– January 18, 2022: Exchange program with the Award Council and the Preliminary Council, where scientists share stories of passion, achievements and sacrifices of scientists.

– January 19, 2022: The seminar “Science for Life” consists of 3 discussion sessions, each session will last 90 minutes with topics: Future of Energy, Future of Artificial Intelligence and Future of Artificial Intelligence. future of Global Health.

– 8:00 p.m. on January 20: VinFuture Awards Ceremony at Hanoi Opera House (Live broadcast on VTV1 and major domestic and international social networking platforms).

– January 21: Exchange with the owner of the VinFuture Prize.

In addition to the four main activities, VinFuture Science Week also has many interesting side activities such as workshops, exhibitions, public lectures, etc., which are expected to attract the large participation of scientists and the public. .

Thu Loan


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