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Dr. Vladimir Vuksan recipient of Korean science award

Toronto, November 19, 2012

Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
Dr. Vladimir Vuksan holding Korean Ginseng at a farm in South Korea.

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute scientist Dr. Vladimir Vuksan has been awarded the inaugural World Ginseng Science Award by the Korean government. Dr. Vuksan’s research focuses on the development of novel nutritional therapies in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His group has spent the last 15 years working to establish the long-term benefits of American and Korean ginseng and was the first to show the effect of ginseng on regulation of blood glucose.

The Korean award is Dr. Vuksan’s third International award in recognition of his work in diabetes management through nutrition and natural health products. The Ministry of Agriculture of Korea established the World Ginseng Science Award in 2011, an annual international competition, to honour a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to ginseng research and development.

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world and it is estimated that more than 80 per cent of Asians take ginseng in one form or another for prevention, complementary to, or as an alternative to medication in the management of disease and improving quality of life.