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Rossa Chiu Receives AACC Young Investigator Award

Dr. Robert Christenson (left), president of the AACC, presenting the award plaque to Prof. Rossa Chiu

Prof. Rossa Chiu, professor in the Department of Chemical Pathology, has received the Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for her work in non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. Professor Chiu is the first ever scientist from an Asian institution to receive the honour.

Professor Chiu said, 'It is my deep honour to receive an award from the AACC, one of the most internationally reputable organizations in my profession. I am humbled to join the many highly acclaimed past awardees whom I have always looked up to.' With a membership of more than 9,000 clinical chemists, pathologists, medical technologists, and others in related fields, the AACC set up the award in 1976 to recognize the professional development of a young investigator under the age of 40 who has contributed significantly to clinical medicine. It is given to one scientist each year.

The applications of the DNA testing of maternal plasma for Down syndrome developed by Professor Chiu has been adopted for clinical use worldwide, making prenatal testing safer and less stressful for pregnant women and their families.

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