Professor Yuet Wai KAN


Born in Hong Kong on June 11, 1936, Professor Yuet Wai KAN (简悦威) graduated from the University of Hong Kong School of Medicine, and trained at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, before going to the United States for further studies.



Professor KAN is currently the Louis K Diamond Professor of Hematology at the University of California, San Francisco, and his research focuses on the use of gene and cell therapy to treat sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.



Professor KAN's groundbreaking research established that a single DNA mutation could lead to a human disease; he was also the first to diagnose a human disease by using DNA techniques. For his work, he has received many national and international awards, including the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the Gairdner Foundation International Award and the Shaw Prize. He is the first Chinese to be elected to the Royal Society of London, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Academia Sinica, the Third World Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Caglieri, Italy, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong.



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