UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

The purpose of this Prize is to reward the projects and activities of an individual, individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for scientific research in the life sciences leading to improving the quality of human life.

The objectives of the Prize are related to the central function of UNESCO’s programme to encourage research and the setting up and further development of networks of centres of excellence in the life sciences.

The prizewinner(s), maximum three,having made a significant research contribution to the life sciences will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of the assessments and recommendations provided by an international jury.

2012 laureates

Dr. Maged Al-Sherbiny, Egypt
President, Centre for Science and Technology of the Non Aligned Movement  (NAM S&T Centre) and President, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).

Born in 1963, his scientific efforts and contributions concentrate on combating endemic diseases in Egypt and Africa through intensive research for vaccine development and diagnostics, targeting the diseases Hepatitis C and Schistosomiasis.

Dr. Felix Dapare Dakora, South Africa
Professor and Holder of the South African Research Chair in Agrochemurgy and Plant Symbioses at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.

Born in 1952, Professor Felix D. Dakora has over fourteen years of postdoctoral research studied the molecular ‘conversation’ between legumes and soil. He has contributed to building local capacities in agriculture thereby tackling the issue of food scarcity in Africa.

Dr Rossana Arroyo, Mexico
Professor at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-IPN), Mexico.

Born in 1955, Dr. Rossana Arroyo stands as one of the leaders in the study of molecular pathogenesis of trichomonosis in Mexico. The trichomonad community as well as leaders in parasitology recognize her work nationally and globally. Her research will help improve human life by controlling amoebiasis and trichomonosis, two parasitic diseases that still afflict human populations worldwide.

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