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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.

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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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