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L´Oréal and UNESCO recognize 15 women researchers for their outstanding contribution to science

Fifteen outstanding young women researchers, selected among more than 250 candidates in the framework of the 19th edition of the L´Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards, will receive the International Rising Talent fellowship during a gala on 21 March at the hotel Pullman Tour Eiffel de Paris. By recognizing their achievements at a key moment in their careers, the For Women in Science programme aims to help them pursue their research.

Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has highlighted the achievements of outstanding women scientists and supported promising younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Selected among the best national and regional L’Oréal-UNESCO fellows, the International Rising Talents come from all regions of the world (Africa and Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America).

Together with the five laureates of the 2017 L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards, they will participate in a week of events, training and exchanges that will culminate with the award ceremony on 23 March 2017 at the Mutualité in Paris.

The 2017 International Rising Talent are recognized for their work in the following five categories:

Watching the brain at work

  • Doctor Lorina NACI, Canada
  • Fundamental medicine

In a coma: is the patient conscious or unconscious?

  • Associate Professor Muireann Irish, Australia
  • Clinical medicine
  • Recognizing Alzheimer’s before the first signs appear.

On the road to conceiving new medical treatments

  • Doctor Hyun Lee, Germany
  • Biological Sciences
  • Neurodegenerative diseases: untangling aggregated proteins.
  • Doctor Nam-Kyung Yu, Republic of Korea
  • Biological Sciences
  • Rett syndrome: neuronal cells come under fire
  • Doctor Stephanie Fanucchi, South Africa
  • Biological Sciences

Better understanding the immune system.

  • Doctor Julia Etulain, Argentina
  • Biological Sciences
  • Better tissue healing. 
  • Finding potential new sources of drugs
  • Doctor Rym Ben Sallem, Tunisia
  • Biological Sciences
  • New antibiotics are right under our feet.
  • Doctor Hab Joanna Sulkowska, Poland
  • Biological Sciences
  • Unraveling the secrets of entangled proteins.

Getting to the heart of matter

  • Ms Nazek El-Atab, United Arab Emirates
  • Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Miniaturizing electronics without losing memory.
  • Doctor Bilge Demirkoz, Turkey
  • Physics
  • Piercing the secrets of cosmic radiation.
  • Doctor Tamara Elzein, Lebanon
  • Material Sciences
  • Trapping radioactivity.
  • Doctor Ran Long, China
  • Chemistry
  • Unlocking the potential of energy resources with nanochemistry.

Examining the past to shed light on the future – or vice versa

  • Doctor Fernanda Werneck, Brazil
  • Biological Sciences
  • Predicting how animal biodiversity will evolve.
  • Doctor Sam Giles, United Kingdom
  • Biological Sciences
  • Taking another look at the evolution of vertebrates thanks to their braincases.
  • Doctor Ágnes Kóspál, Hungary
  • Astronomy and Space Sciences
  • Looking at the birth of distant suns and planets to better understand the solar system

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