Vietnamese female scientist wins ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

Dr. Nguyen Thi Hiep received $20,000 as she won the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, sponsored by ASEAN, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UL.for her exceptional research on using at-home healthcare solutions to reduce pressure placed upon urban healthcare systems.
 

She is honored at an Award Ceremony in the presence of ASEAN Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Officials in Nay Pyi Taw, in Burma

She is honored at an Award Ceremony in the presence of ASEAN Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Officials in Nay Pyi Taw, in Burma

The United States Mission to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) yesterday announced Dr. Hiep as the winner of the prize.
She was honored at an Award Ceremony in the presence of ASEAN Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Officials in Nay Pyi Taw, in Burma.
“Migration from rural to urban areas has put a lot of pressure on healthcare services in big cities. With ‘smart’ medical devices and biomaterials, it will be possible to take care of people in their homes,” said Dr. Hiep, a leading researcher and lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the International University-Vietnam, National University-Ho Chi Minh City. “My work focuses on biomaterials such as bio-glue and needle-less suturing kits for wound healing that can be easily used to provide more effective first aid.”
The 2017 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women supports promising early-career women scientists in the ASEAN region and encourages collaboration between ASEAN Member States and the United States around sustainable solutions for urban centers across Southeast Asia.
The ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women is one of the many U.S. initiatives in support of ASEAN and its ten Member States. The United States partners with ASEAN to support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women and address transnational challenges.

Through USAID’s cooperation with ASEAN, the United States addresses the root causes of poverty and instability and strengthens the foundation for prosperity and security. The United States and ASEAN are celebrating 40 years of partnership in 2017.

By UYEN PHUONG

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