Professor Chen Zhu ForMemRS
Professor of Hematology, Shanghai Institute of Hematology, Ruijin Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Vice Chairmen of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China
Chen Zhu has made important contributions to the treatment of leukemia, both in the understanding of novel drug actions and their translation to clinical use. He pioneered the concept of synergistic cancer targeting therapy and provided the first successful model in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) using all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide (As2O3). Through in vitro studies of the mechanism of these drugs on leukemia cells, he provided a rational approach to their action in inducing leukemia cell differentiation and destruction. His contributions have turned this most fatal hematological malignancy to a curable disease.