Seven young Brazilian women scientists are selected for the L’ORÉAL- UNESCO Award for Women in Science 2013 in Brazil
L’ORÉAL Brazil, in partnership with UNESCO Office in Brazil and the Brazilian Academy of Science, has elected young scientists winners of the students’ programme For Women in Science of this year. Among the 356 registrations, seven projects were selected, being two from the state of Rio Grande do Sul and the other five by the Federal District, Para, Mato Grosso, Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina. The award ceremony is taken place on Wednesday, 23 October, at Palacete Modesto Leal in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
In its eighth Brazilian edition, the award has the objective of promoting the participation of women in scientific careers, and to promote the development of relevant researches essential to respond to the challenges of the world today and in the future. The fellows will be granted with scholarships in the amount of approximately US$20 thousand each in order to contribute to the continuity of their research projects.
The award was launched in Brazil in 2006. The programme has already benefited 47 young scientists in the country by distributing more than R$ 2 million in scholarships. Scientists of all parts of Brazil have inscribed their studies in four categories: Biomedical Sciences, Biology and Health; Chemistry; Physics, and Mathematics.
In the area of Biomedical Sciences, Biology and Health, the winner scientists are:
- Tais Gratieri, from the Federal District, University of Brasilia (UnB): project “Development of mucoadhesive nano systems for the treatment of eye infection and the evaluation of iontophoresis in potentiation therapy”.
- Adriane Ribeiro Rosa, from Rio Grande do Sul, Unilasalle College: project “Evaluation of functionality level in patients with bipolar mood disorder with and without alcohol abuse”.
- Clarissa Martinelli Comim, from Santa Catarina, University of the South of Santa Catarina (Unisul): project “Sepsis as a risky factor for the development of psychiatric disorders in animal models”.
- Fernanda Regina Casagrande Giachini Vitorino, from Mato Grosso, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT): project “Interleukin-10 as a potential modulator of vascular function and blood pressure in hypertensive animals”.
In Chemistry, the winner scientist is:
- Joyce Kelly do Rosário da Silva, from Para, Federal University of Pará (UFPA): project “Evaluation of antioxidant, cytotoxic and inhibitory tyrosinase activities of essential oils from the eastern Amazon with potential dermocos application”.
In Physics, the winner scientist is:
- Raquel Giulian, from Rio Grande do Sul, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS): project “Formation of pores in antimonetos irradiated by ion beams and the use of these materials in gas detection”.
In Mathematics, the winner scientist is:
- Florencia Graciela Leonardi, from São Paulo, University of São Paulo (USP): project “Statistical inference for random graphs and probabilistic networks”.
About the For Women in Science award
Launched in 1998, the For Women in Science, a partnership between L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO, was the first award dedicated to women scientists in the world. After 15 years, it has already awarded 77 notable scientists of different continents, among them the Brazilians Mayana Zatz, geneticist from USP; Belita Koiller, physicist from UFRJ; Lucia Previato, biodoctor from UFRJ, the astrophysicist Beatriz Barbuy, from USP, and the physicist Marcia Barbosa, from UFGRS, winner of the international awards 2013.
Besides the recognition of great world scientists, the programme, in its International and regional levels, have already motivated 1.700 scientists of 108 different countries to continue their careers and their important research projects. The international laureates Ada Yonath and Elizabeth Blackburn won the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Medicine in 2009, respectively.
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