Academic wins lifetime award for sugar research

PHOTO: Academic wins lifetime award for sugar research

TAIPEI - Lee Yuan-chuan, an Academia Sinica academician, has won the Rosalind Kornfeld Award for his pioneering glycobiology studies spanning over 50 years, the country's highest research institute announced yesterday.

Lee, elder brother of former Academia Sinica President and Nobel laureate Lee Yuan tseh, was selected as the winner of the 2011 Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology in recognition of his seminal contributions to advancing the frontiers of the discipline, Academia Sinica said.

The US - based Society for Glycobiology announced its decision to honor Lee Sept. 2 and will present the award at its annual conference in Seattle scheduled for Nov. 9-12.

Lee played a pioneering role in the development of glycobiology. When the field first emerged in the late 1970s, he created a type of synthetic protein that can be used to understand how sugars bind, helping generate treatments for hepatitis, cancer and inflammation.

His innovative method of analyzing sugars has been held as a prime example in the field.