2015 Kovalevskaia Award winners

11:06 | 29/03/2016 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The 2015 Kovalevskaia Awards have been presented to Dr. Dang Thi Cam Ha, former head of the Institute of Biotechnology’s Environmental Biotechnology Department under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and Dr. Pham Thi Ngoc Thao, Deputy Director of the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, for their outstanding scientific contributions.

2015 Kovalevskaia Award winners

Dr. Pham Thi Ngoc Thao

Famed scientific researcher

Over the past two and a half decades, Dr. Pham Thi Ngoc Thao has chaired and participated in many scientific research subjects including liver transplants, kidney transplants and modern dialysis techniques in first aid and treating some medical emergency treatment.

The research on continuous dialysis efficiency in septic shock, multi-organ failure and acute pancreatitis during the 2010-2013 period has been praised for practicality. The research results have been widely applied in hospitals across the country in the treatment of patients with septic shock, multi-organ failure and acute pancreatitis as they are fairly cheap.

In addition to scientific research, Dr. Thao has participated in medical staff training projects at local levels. “We should research into medical treatment methods that match domestic medical conditions while yielding cheap but high medical results, so that patients may rest assured of domestic medical capability,” she said.

Dang Thi Cam Ha’s dioxin treatment technology

Dr. Dang Thi Cam Ha

Over more than two decades of scientific research, she was head of nearly 30 subjects and projects, and has published more than 160 scientific and technological achievements at home and abroad.

The application of a waste management technique that involves the use of organisms to remove or neutralize pollutants from a contaminated site (bioremediation) has been applied to oil polluted areas in different ecological environment. This is one of Ha’s great works developed by her team of students and colleagues. This technique has been applied in the five largest oil depots in the north since 1998.

The bioremediation has also been used to handle dioxin contaminated soil in Da Nang and Bien Hoa for almost a decade and has been highly evaluated by domestic and international experts as no one else in the world has proved more effective on such a large scale of application. This dioxin bioremediation has been certified by the National Office of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology and awarded with a gold medal at the Korea International Women’s Invention Exposition 2011.

“Domestic scientists often encounter funding difficulties, but if they are persistent with their studies, they may ultimately reap successes,” Ha said.

The annual Kovalevskaia Awards are presented to female groups or inpiduals noted for outstanding scientific contributions. The Kovalevskaia Award Committee has selected and awarded 17 groups and 44 inpiduals since its establishment in 1985.


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