Paris — 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 Mar. 21 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 March 23, 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.