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Tang Zhaoyou

Zhao-You Tang (1930-), graduated from Shanghai Medical University in 1954. He is currently professor of surgery and chairman of Liver Cancer Institute of Fudan University (previous Liver Cancer Institute of Shanghai Medical University), member of Chinese Academy of Engineering (1994-), vice president of Chinese Medical Association (CMA, 1989-), vice chairman of Oncology Society of CMA (1990-).
He had been president of Shanghai Medical University (1988-94), UICC council member (1990-98), chairman of Liver Cancer Society of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (1985-99), liver cancer session chairman of 15th and 16th International Cancer Congress and Chairman of 1986, 1991, 1996 Shanghai International Symposium on Liver Cancer and Hepatitis.
Tang has devoted in the research of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) for 30 years, and resulted in improvement of prognosis of HCC. Tang's contribution was mainly early detection, early diagnosis and early treatment of HCC, which was summarized as "Study on small / subclinical HCC". To this end, Tang has made every effort to bridge the basic findings and clinical application. A concept of "subclincial HCC" has been advocated. This concept was included in "Progress in Liver Diseases" edited by Hans Popper in 1982, and being summarized in the book entitled "Subclinical HCC" edited by Tang (Springer 1985). Hans Popper mentioned in the preface of this book: "This concept represents major progress in the understanding, and particularly the management, of HCC". He won a gold medal from Cancer Research Institute, New York, USA in 1979, and 1st National Prize for Progress of Science and Technology, P.R.China in 1985.
In the 1980s, the experience of small HCC studies was extended to the study of "conversion of large unresectable to small resectable HCC, and followed by 2nd stage resection ". He won the 3rd National Prize for Progress of Science and Technology, P.R.China in 1991. Efforts made in the last two decades have resulted in marked increase of 5-year survival rate in the entire series of HCC.
In the 1990s, in order to improve prognosis further after resection, "studies on recurrence and metastasis" has become a major target of study in Tang's group. A metastatic human HCC model in nude mice and a cell line with high metastatic potential have been established, which were known as the first metastatic human HCC model.
He had edited 6 books and published more than 400 papers, 70 of them included in SCI and cited by 658 papers. In 1998, he won another 3rd National Prize for Progress of Science and Technology, P.R.China for the book of "Contemporary Oncology" that he edited.


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