Four Scientists To Receive 2018 ASAN Awards

Professor Kim Eunjoon, who demonstrated the principles behind the formation and functions of synapses, has been named the 2018 recipient of the ASAN Award in Medicine.

AsianScientist (Jan. 30, 2018) – Professors Kim Eunjoon, Bang Yung-Jue, Kim Ho Min and Kim Beom Kyung have been recogized for their accomplishments in basic and clinical medicine with the 11th ASAN Awards. The four scientists will receive their awards at a ceremony held in Seoul on March 21, 2018.

The ASAN Award in Medicine was established in 2007 by the ASAN Foundation, an organization that seeks to enable equitable distribution of social benefits and secure human dignity. The 11th ASAN Award winners were selected by a review committee established in June 2017 to ensure a comprehensive evaluation, taking into account research consistency and creativity, domestic and international impact, contribution to medical development, as well as the nurturing of future scientists.

Kim Eunjoon, director of the Institute of Basic Science’s Center for Synaptic Brain Dysfunctions, will receive the 2018 ASAN Award in Basic Medicine for broadening the understanding of normal brain functions and identifying causes of brain disorders with his research on synaptic adhesion proteins. In 1995, he was the first in the world to demonstrate the principles behind the formation and functions of synapses, which connect neurons in the brain.

Bang Yung-Jue, a professor at the Department of Internal Medicine at Seoul National University, was chosen as the winner of ASAN Award in Clinical Medicine. Associate Professor Kim Ho Min of the Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Assistant Clinical Professor Kim Beom Kyung of the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine at Yonsei University College of Medicine were both honored with the ASAN Award for Young Medical Scientists.

Basic and Clinical Medicine Award winners will receive KRW 300 million (~US$280,000) each, while those selected as Young Medical Scientists will receive KRW 50 million (~US$46,500) each.


Source: Institute for Basic Science.
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