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Title Prof. Woong Sun of Dpt. of Anatomy Awarded the 18th Pfizer Medical Research Award

Hospital KU Medicine

Date 2020-12-22

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Prof. Woong Sun of Dpt. of Anatomy

 

Received the Pfizer Medical Research Award

 

 

  

 

Professor Woong Sun of Department of Anatomy of Korea University College

 

of Medicine was selected as a winner of the 18th Pfizer Medical Research

 

Award in Basic Medicine.

 

 

Pfizer Medical Research Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Korea

 

organized by the National Academy of Medicine of Korea and supported by

 

Pfizer Korea. It was established in 1999 to discover medical scientists who have

 

made outstanding contributions in Korea’s medical development and mankind’s

 

health and welfare and to promote research in medicine.

 

 

Professor Woong Sun has conducted research to identify a molecular

 

mechanism of mitochondrial quality control. After identifying a regulatory

 

mechanism of mitochondrial dynamics in 2017, he took a step further and

 

published a paper “Drp1-Zip1 Interaction Regulates Mitochondrial Quality

 

Surveillance System” identifying that Drp1, dynamin-related protein 1, provides

 

a selective pressure for eliminating “bad sectors” in the mitochondrial network,

 

serving as a mitochondrial quality surveillance system. It was published in

 

world-renown journals such as Nature Communications and Molecular Cell and

 

he had the honor of receiving the award as his research on mitochondrial

 

mechanism was praised as opening up a new horizon in cellular biology.

 

 

“I believe that the award is a recognition of my continued efforts in research and

 

would like to share the honor with everyone in the lab who devoted themselves

 

to research,” Professor Sun stated. “I want to expand the scope of this research

 

in the future to help patients suffering from mitochondrial disorders such as

 

Parkinson’s disease and dementia.”

 

 

The 18th Pfizer Medical Research Award Ceremony is scheduled to take place

 

on 4 November, and prize money (90 million won in total) and an award plaque

 

will be given to the awardees. The clinical medicine award was given to

 

Professor Byeong-Keuk Kim of Department of Internal Medicine of Yonsei

 

University College of Medicine. The translational medicine award was given to

 

Professor Seung-Pyo Lee of Department of Internal Medicine of Seoul National

 

University College of Medicine and Professor Hoon Chul Kang of Department

 

of Pediatrics of Yonsei University College of Medicine.

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