Professor Chuan Qin Honored with the Title of “National March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetter”


On the eve of the International Working Women's Day, the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) awarded ten outstanding women the honorary title of “National March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetter”. Professor Chuan Qin of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences (ILAS) of CAMS won the title for her outstanding contributions to the development of animal models for infectious diseases and the building of comparative medicine. She attended the award ceremony in the Great Hall of the People on the afternoon of March 8. Huning Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and Yandong Liu, Vice Premier of the State Council, attended the meeting. Yueyue Shen, Vice-Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and President of ACWF, delivered a speech.




Prof. Chuan Qin receives the award at the commendation conference of the International Working Women's Day


The “National March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetters”, the highest honor of all Chinese women, are selected from the previous “National Woman Pacesetters.” They are exemplars of all woman models.


Professor Chuan Qin serves as Director of CAMS’s Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences and Director of PUMC’s Comparative Medicine Center. She holds concurrent posts of Chairman of the Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences, Vice President of Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations, Scientific Member of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) and Chairman of the ICLAS’s Personnel Training Department.


Professor Qin has been mainly engaged in experimental pathology to undertaken more than 20 national projects such as those supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 863 projects, and National Major Science and Technology Project. She acting as the first author or the corresponding author had 80-odd papers published in SCI-indexed journals, including Nature Medicine, Nature Micro-biol, and Nature Communication. She was awarded 10 invention patents and utility model patents. She also presided over the compilation of 15 monographs.




Prof. Chuan Qin instructs her students to conduct an experiment


Regarding the scientific research, Prof. Qin has been committed to aiming at studying China’s major needs rather than seeking profits. At all critical moments of preventing and controlling infectious diseases, she has been fearless in facing highly pathogenic threats, risking her life to fight diseases at the forefront of science and technology. When establishing a new SARS animal model, she served as the person in charge of this challenging project. She was deeply aware of the urgency and danger of the experiment. Regardless of her son who was about to take senior high school entrance examination, Prof. Qin led the team to tackle the key project continuously, after hurriedly writing a farewell letter to his family. The most dangerous step in the laboratory is to infect animals with viruses and contact with these infected animals. The danger may be fatal, but Prof. Qin has always conducted the most dangerous experiment, including infection of animals with viruses, lung-tissue biopsy, wear a heavy lead-rubber suit and take x-rays, pathological anatomy, and treatment of animal feces containing a large number of viruses. She has also collected and processed clinical samples and implemented sanitation measures, so as to obtain accurate first-hand information for the experimental results. It is with the spirit of selfless dedication that she has built a qualified, determined team of an animal model for infectious diseases to ensure the successful completion.




Prof. Chuan Qin is conducting her experiments


Prof. Qin has accomplished animal models of SARS, H1N1 influenza, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, tuberculosis, and H7N9 bird flu over the past 30-odd years. She founds the discipline of comparative medicine and made outstanding contributions to the theoretical development of the discipline. She establishes the internationally-advanced technical platform for the model of animals with infectious diseases, laying a solid foundation for the support system of an animal model for China to address challenges imposed by infectious disease. She creates the internationally-leading resources bank of animal models for experimental animals and human diseases, completely reversing the backward situation of shortage of experimental animal resources in China and playing an essential role in supporting the development and application of China’s technological achievements. As such, she has built a solid “technological expressway” for implementing the strategy of a healthy China and meeting the goal of an innovation-oriented country. Over the past five years, she and her team have created abundant resources and produced technical achievements to support the implementation of more than 700 scientific research projects and provide animal model evaluations for R&D of more than 300 kinds of drugs. By doing so, they have boosted the strength of Chinese scientists in preventing and controlling global epidemic outbreaks such as MERS and Zika.




Prof. Chuan Qin is popularizing science knowledge


In leading the development of the discipline, Professor Qin establishes China National Committee for Technical Standardization of Laboratory Animal and serves as its Director. She leads the Committee to prepare and revise 83 national standards and 28 group standards, as a way to standardize the industry norms and sustainable development and meet the technical demand of China’s pharmaceuticals industry for evaluation standards of laboratory animals. She works together with other experts across China to improve the training system and evaluation system for technicians and scientists of laboratory animal sciences and complete the future blueprint for the training system of such technicians.


Thanks to such achievements, Professor Qin wins 20 awards at/above provincial or ministerial level, including the 1st China National Innovation Award. She has also been honored with the titles of "Young and Middle-Aged Experts with Outstanding Contributions," "National Outstanding Scientific and Technical Workers," and "National Woman Pace-setter” awarded by the Ministry of Health, enjoying a special allowance from the State Council.




(Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences)