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Filipino Science Professor Selected for UNESCO Award
Written by Loren   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

On March 4, 2010, a Filipino professor who discovered the use of snail toxins to study brain functions is one of the five exceptional women scientists in the world to be awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The event will be held in Paris, France.

Science Education Institute reported that Lourdes Cruz, a professor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City is one of the recipients of the 2010 L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards in the Life Sciences.

Cruz is acknowledged "for her discovery of marine snail toxins that can serve as powerful tools to study brain function."

The other recipients are Rashika El Ridi, Elaine Fuchs, Anne Dejean-Assemat, and Alejandra Bravo.

Awardees are about to receive $100,000 in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of science. They were selected at a meeting of the jury presided by Pr. Gunter Blobel, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine in 1999.

This kind of recognition aims to encourage women scientists who are devoting their lives, with strength and passion, to finding solutions to tomorrow's challenges. This also helps UNESCO in promoting ethical norms in science in different parts of the world. [via philstar.com]


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