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Professor Jens Juul Holst, Laureate of the 2023 VinFuture Special Prize for Innovators with Outstanding Achievements in Emerging Fields, Professor of Medical Physiology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), shares the latest findings on GLP-1, a breakthrough therapy to help control weight and blood sugar, bringing hope to millions of people with obesity and diabetes worldwide.

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The prevalence of obesity in Vietnam is rapidly increasing, posing a significant threat to public health, and putting immense pressure on the healthcare system. According to Dr. Nguyen Quang Bay, Head of Department of Endocrinology, Bach Mai Hospital, and Chief of Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Hanoi Medical University, GLP-1 RA therapy offers new hope in the fight against this "silent pandemic". However, Vietnam still needs more comprehensive and coordinated solutions to effectively control the obesity epidemic.


The nomination portal for the 2024 VinFuture Prize officially concluded on April 17th with a total of 1,469 nominations for the fourth award season. The number of nominating partners has increased nearly eightfold compared to the first-year Prize; and nearly 15% of this year’s nominating partners are among the world’s top 2% most-cited researchers.

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“Most of the major scientific prizes are traditionally given in developed economies. Therefore, it is significant that a big prize such as the VinFuture Prize is now given in Vietnam, an emerging economy. This demonstrates to the world that emerging economies can be equal partners in the innovation game.”

Professor Soumitra Dutta – Member of the VinFuture Prize Council


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I’m a multi-disciplined kind of person. I’ve done mathematics. I’ve done physics. I’ve done economics. I’ve done biology. I’ve done computer science. And in the same way, I am not a single-book kind of person nor a single-genre person. I very much believe in bringing diverse perspectives together, including both fiction and nonfiction.


We have to find a way to explain complex things to them and try to inspire the new generation, because less and less people want to go into science. It is difficult. They want easy money or something, and they don’t realize that money won’t make you happy. I don’t think about these prizes. I respect and I understand the importance of the prizes to bring attention to the science. That’s what is important to me, the science, and to inspire people.


Vietnamese-American scientist Nguyen Thuc Quyen has recently been awarded the Wilhelm Exner Medal 2023 for her valuable contributions directly impacting the future economy through the development of organic solar cells.


“VinFuture Prize celebrates science and technology innovators on the basis of their contribution to humanity. It is the first of its kind to originate in the global south and is unique in bringing a global and specifically humanitarian focus to all prize categories.

Sir Richard Henry Friend, FRS, Chair of the VinFuture Prize Council


"Các giải thưởng khoa học như VinFuture là chất xúc tác của sự đổi mới, mang đến thay đổi tích cực cho nhân loại, cũng như tạo động lực, tiếp sức và cảm hứng đến những nhà đổi mới trong tương lai”, GS Sir Richard Henry Friend - Chủ tịch Hội đồng giải thưởng VinFuture - nhận định trong bài viết đăng tải trên tạp chí giáo dục đại học hàng đầu thế giới Times Higher Education (THE).

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