Yuet Wai Kan
Yuet Wai Kan
|Born||11 June 1936|
|Citizenship||United States |
|Alma mater||University of Hong Kong|
|Known for||human blood diseases|
|Awards||Allan Award (1984)|
Gairner Int'l Award (1984)
Lasker Award (1991)
Shaw Prize (2004)
|Institutions||University of Hong Kong |
Queen Mary Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
University of Pittsburgh
Children's Hospital Boston
Harvard Medical School
San Francisco General Hospital
Yuet Wai Kan FRS (Chinese: 簡悅威; born 11 June 1936), is a Canadian-American geneticist and hematologist. He is the current Louis K. Diamond Professor of Hematology and the head of the Division of Molecular Medicine and Diagnostics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the former President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
Kan graduated with an M.B.B.S. (in 1958) and M.D. (in 1980) both from the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine. He undertook his medical training at Queen Mary Hospital, then went to United States for further study.
Since 1976, Kan has been a research investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Kan served as the president of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in 1990.
Kan is currently a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Kan also sits on both the Board of Adjudicators and the Selection Committee for Life Science and Medicine which chooses winners of the Shaw Prize.
Kan is regarded as a pioneer of applying molecular biology and genetics into clinical medicine. Kan was the first to establish that a single DNA mutation could lead to a human disease, and the first to diagnose a human disease by using DNA.
Kan has made many fundamental contributions to our understanding of human blood diseases. Kan was the first to discover the gene deletion in human alpha-thalassemia; he was the first to discover a point-mutation causing human beta-thalassemia; with Golbus' help, he was the first to carry out prenatal diagnosis (for a haemoglobinopathy).
Kan is best known for his groundbreaking works in sickle cell and thalassemia. He is the first person who used fetal DNA diagnosis techniques to study these diseases. Kan's work led to the innovation of DNA diagnosis.
Honors and awards
- Fellow, Royal College of Physicians
- Fellow, Royal Society of London (1981 election)
- Member, United States National Academy of Sciences (1986 election)
- Member, Academia Sinica (1988 election)
- Member, Third World Academy of Sciences (1988 election)
- Foreign member, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996 election)
- William Dameshek Prize (1979) from ASH
- Stratton Medal (1980) from International Society of Hematology
- George Thorn Award (1980), from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- William Allan Award (1984), from American Society of Human Genetics
- Gairdner Foundation International Award (1984)
- Lita Annenberg Hazen Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (1984)
- Waterford Biomedical Science Award (1987)
- American College of Physicians Research Award (1988)
- Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (1989), from Harvard Medical School
- Sanremo International Award for Genetic Research (1989, Italy)
- Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research (1991)
- City of Medicine Award (1992)
- Christopher Columbus Discovery Award in Biomedical Research (1992), given on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America
- Excellence 2000 Award (1993)
- Federation of Canadian Chinese Professionals Award (1994)
- Helmut Horten Foundation Research Award (1995, Switzerland)
- Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (2004)
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- Hong Kong was transferred to P.R.China on 1 July 1997, and officially became Hong Kong SAR