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About Professor Yuan-Tsong (Y-T) Chen

Professor Yuan-Tsong (Y-T) Chen and Mrs. Alice Der-Shan Chen were both originally from Taiwan (Republic of China) and have been committed to biomedical research for over 30 years. They recognise the tremendous impact that genetics and genomics have had on the improvement of health and treatment of diseases and wish to establish the Chen Award to celebrate research accomplishments in Human Genetics and Genomics in Asia Pacific. Professor Chen received his MD degree from National Taiwan University (Republic of China) and a PhD from Columbia University (USA). He is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (Republic of China), and Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at Duke University Medical Center (USA).

 

His translational research leads to the development of now standard therapies for two devastating inherited metabolic diseases: a simple and effective cornstarch therapy for severe hypoglycemia in glycogen storage diseases and an enzyme replacement therapy, the first ever treatment, for a debilitating, progressive and often fatal myopathy called Pompe disease. Professor Chen has also identified the genetic basis of and developed DNA-based diagnosis for several major heritable diseases, and more recently, his team has uncovered genes/SNPs associated with drug-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome and warfarin sensitivity.

 

His latest pharmacogenomic studies of adverse drug reactions paved the way for personalized medicine by preventing drug toxicity with a gene test. Professor Chen is an elected member of Academia Sinica and of the Academy Sciences for the Developing World.

Chen Awards

Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research (US$10,000 / 1 Awardee)

This award is to celebrate the achievement of a biomedical scientist:

  • who has performed extraordinary work in biomedical sciences which has changed the thinking in the human genomics field; and/or
  • who has uncovered new insights which brought forth new therapies; and/or
  • whose lifetime contribution has significantly impacted the Asia-Pacific region

The award recipient will be given a monetary award of US$10,000 and a plaque or medal. He/She will be invited to attend the award presentation ceremony and present a plenary lecture in conjunction with the annual Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) – Human Genome Meeting.

Chen Award

Chen Award of Excellence (US$5,000 / 2 Awardees)

This award is giving out in recognition of young scientists who have made significant contributions to the field during their early career years (normally within 15 years from the time of receiving his/her highest earned degree, in the year of the award) and:

  • who has performed extraordinary work in biomedical sciences which has changed the thinking in the human genomics field; and/or
  • who has uncovered new insights which brought forth new therapies; and/or
  • whose contributions have significantly impacted the Asia-Pacific region

The award recipient will be given a monetary award of US$5,000 and a plaque. He/She will be invited to attend the award presentation ceremony and present a lecture in conjunction with the annual Human Genome Organization (HUGO) – Human Genome Meeting.

CHEN AWARDS

PAST WINNERS

Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research

  • 2023: Peter Visscher, University of Queensland, Australia (awarded in HGM2024)
  • 2020: Pui Yan Kwok, University of California San Francisco, USA (awarded in HGM2022 due to COVID19)
  • 2019: Felix Jin Li, Fudan University, China
  • 2018: Aravinda Chakravarti, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • 2017: Narry Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • 2016: Bing Ren, University of California San Diego, USA
  • 2015: Jung Wang, Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), China
  • 2014: Edison Liu, The Jackson Laboratory, USA
  • 2013: Yoshihide Hayashizaki, RIKEN, Japan
  • 2012: John Mattick, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
  • 2011: Yang Huanming, Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), China
  • 2010: Yusuke Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan / Ng Huck Hui, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2008: Li Wen-Hsiung, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

 

Chen Award of Excellence

  • 2024: Zornitza Stark, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2023: Nara Sobreira, Johns Hopkins University, USA / William Greenleaf, Stanford University, USA
  • 2020: Billy Li, Stanford University, USA residing outside Asia) / Young Seok Ju, KAIST, South Korea (residing in Asia)
  • 2019: Ramanuj Dasgupta, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore (residing in Asia) / Anshul Kundaje, Stanford University, USA (residing outside Asia)
  • 2018: Ami Bhatt, Stanford University, USA
  • 2016: Feng Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2014: Piero Carninci, RIKEN, Japan
  • 2013: Patrick Tan, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2012: Charles Lee, Bringham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, USA
  • 2011: Liu Jianjun, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore

Chen Awards

Chen Awards Review Committee

The Faculty of Scholars will serve as the Chen Awards Reviewing Committee.

 

Stylianos Antonarakis

Professor and Chairman, University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland

 

Kristen Ardlie

Director, Broad Institute, US

 

Walter Bodmer

Professor, University of Oxford, UK

 

Anthony Brookes 

Professor, Leicester University, UK

 

Aravinda Chakravarti

Professor, New York University, US

 

Garry Cutting

Professor, Johns Hopkins University, US

 

Johan Dunnen

Professor, Leiden University, Netherlands

 

Marc Greenblatt

Professor, University of Vermont Medical Center, US

 

Alfredo Hidalgo Miranda

Director of Research, INMEGEN, Mexico

 

Bartha Knoppers

Professor, McGill University, Canada

 

Tuuli Lappalainen

Professor, New York Genome Center, US

 

Charles Lee

Director and Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, US

 

Edison Liu

Professor and President Emeritus, The Jackson Laboratory, US

 

Raj Ramesar

Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

 

Michael Snyder

Professor, Stanford University, US

 

Sarah Teichmann

Professor, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

 

David Valle

Professor, Johns Hopkins University, US

 

Ingrid Winship

Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

 

Ambroise Wonkam

Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Chen Awards

Process Timeline

February 2024
Review by HUGO Chen Awards Review Committee

April 2024
Public Announcement of Recipients & Prize Presentation Ceremony in conjunction with the Annual Human Genome Meeting

May 2024
Notice of HUGO Chen Awards 2025

January 2025
Review by HUGO Chen Awards Review Committee

March 2025
Public Announcement of Recipients & Prize Presentation Ceremony in conjunction with the Annual Human Genome Meeting

HUGO Chen Awards

Nomination Form & Guidelines

Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research

Applicants for this award should be actively engaged in human genetic and genomic research. Applications must reach the HUGO office by the published deadline. The award will be given out at the HUGO Human Genome Meeting (held annually).

  • There is no age limit for the candidates reviewed in this category;
  • Nominations must be submitted with a completed nomination form, as well as the candidate’s curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages including a list of recent publications

Chen Award of Excellence

Applicants for this award should be actively engaged in human genetic and genomic research. Applications must reach the HUGO office by the published deadline. The award will be given out at the HUGO Human Genome Meeting (held annually).

  • Nominations must be submitted with a completed nomination form, as well as the candidate’s curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages including a list of recent publications