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The l'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO recognize 15 young women researchers for their outstanding contribution to science

08 March 2017

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  2016 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
    Piercing the secrets of cosmic radiation.
  • Doctor Tamara Elzein, Lebanon
    Material Sciences
    Trapping radioactivity.
  • Doctor Ran Long, China
    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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