The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS, and OWSD Honor Early Career Women Scientists in Developing Countries at the Annual AAAS Meeting

The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS, and OWSD Honor Early Career Women Scientists in
               Developing Countries at the Annual AAAS Meeting

  PR Newswire

  BOSTON, February 16, 2013

BOSTON, February 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


Recognition of early-career women scientists helps to support medical
research, build strong research cultures, and inspire a new generation

Five medical and life science researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia,
Latin America and the Caribbean Basin today received the 2013 Elsevier
Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World
for work that could contribute to life-saving knowledge and therapies
worldwide. The prizes were awarded by The Elsevier Foundation, the
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), and TWAS ,
the academy of sciences for the developing world, to build research capacity
and advance scientific knowledge throughout the developing world.

The 2013 winners are being recognized for their research excellence. The prize
includes US $5,000 and all-expenses paid attendance at the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston in
February 2013. The winners received their prizes during a special ceremony on
Saturday, February 16th.

The winners are:

  *Central & South Asia: Dr. Nasima Akhter, Center for Nuclear Medicine and
    Ultrasound, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka Medical College
    Hospital Campus
  *East and South-East Asia & the Pacific: Dr. Namjil Erdenechimeg, Institute
    of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
  *Latin America & the Caribbean: Dr. Dionicia Gamboa, Universidad Peruana
    Cayetano Heredia, Department of Cellular and Molecular Sciences, Lima,
  *Arab region: Dr. Huda Omer Basaleem, Faculty of Medicine and Health
    Sciences, Aden University, Yemen
  *Sub-Saharan Africa: Dr. Adediwura Fred-Jaiyesimi, Department of
    Pharmacognosy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

"If we hope to solve the challenges that confront developing nations, we must
help young women in science to fully develop their skills and energy," said
Professor Romain Murenzi, executive director of TWAS. "The winners of this
prize will be an inspiration not only to other young women, but to all
scientists of every generation."

Dr. Nasima Akhter, one of this year's award winners, commented: "In developing
countries, continuing scientific research is difficult due to lack of
resources, infrastructure and appropriate support. For young researchers,
especially women, it is more difficult to continue research without
cooperation and support from employers, co-workers and even family members.
The Elsevier Foundation award is an immense honor and an appreciation of
early career women scientists from developing countries who are devoted to
continuing their research despite limited opportunity and constrains. It will
encourage determination, amongst a new generation of women scientists, to
contribute more in scientific development through research using available
resources and focusing on community needs in line with national and
international development goals."

"These five women are pioneers," said Professor Fang Xin, president of OWSD.
"They come from different regions and different cultures, but all of them are
doing highly advanced medical and life-science research. Their creativity and
achievements will contribute to saving lives around the world, and that is
sure to inspire a new generation of young women to pursue their highest
ambitions in science and other fields."

David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation, said, "The Elsevier
Foundation recognizes how important professional visibility is to developing
high-profile international scientific careers. Through our New Scholars grant
programs we strive to support early-career women scholars with mentoring,
research retreats, professional visibility, childcare, work-life integration
and recognition programs. The awards for these impressive women scientists
represents a cooperative effort supported by Elsevier, OWSD, AAAS and TWAS to
build research capacity and advance scientific knowledge throughout the
developing world - and what better place than the annual AAAS conference to
raise awareness among scientists, policymakers, journalists and the public
about the need to retain and celebrate top women scientists."

The 2014 awards will be launched on April 2, 2013 and the theme will be

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Notes to Editors

About the winners

The 2013 winners, all life scientists, are being recognized for their research

The winners:

  *Nasima Akhter, Bangadesh - Medical sciences For her research on foetal
    screening for congenital anomalies using ultrasonography and her
    introduction of the use of inactive iodide adjunct medication with
    radioiodine therapy in Graves' disease.
  *Huda Omer Ba Saleem, Yemen - Community and public health For her
    dedication in the fight against cancer and for the well-being of women and
    children in the Arab region.
  *Erdenechimeg Namjil, Mongolia - Biochemistry For her investigations of
    catalytically active antibodies with oxidoreductase activities from the
    sera of rats.
  *Adediwura Fred-Jaiyesimi, Nigeria - Pharmacognosy and the antidiabetic
    properties of Nigerian medicinal plants For her work on the medicinal uses
    of plants, particularly her research on the hypoglycaemic and a
    -amylase-inhibitory activities of the extracts of two local plant species.
  *Dionicia Gamboa, Peru - Molecular biology / parasitology For her
    multidisciplinary approach to fighting leishmaniasis and malaria, in
    particular for her studies into the molecular epidemiology of these
    diseases in endemic regions.

About TWAS TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, is an
autonomous international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes
scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South. Originally
named "Third World Academy of Sciences", it was founded in 1983 by a
distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the
late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. The Academy's strength resides in
the quality and diversity of its membership - internationally renowned
scientists elected by their peers. TWAS currently has more than 1,000 members
from 90 countries, 73 of which are developing countries. It is administered by
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
and financially supported by the Italian government. ( )

About OWSD The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World
(OWSD) is an international organization affiliated to TWAS. Headed by eminent
women scientists from the South, OWSD has more than 4,000 members. The central
role is to promote women's access to science and technology, enhancing their
greater involvement in decision-making processes for the development of their
countries and in the international scientific community. Created in 1989,
OWSD's overall goal is to work towards bridging the gender gap in science and
technology. OWSD uses its forum to promote leadership, exchanges and
networking for women scientists as well as for discussions to assist in the
development of national capabilities to evolve, explore and improve strategies
for increasing female participation in science. ( ) About
The Elsevier Foundation The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded
by Elsevier , a global provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to
knowledge centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing
world libraries, nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their
careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants
worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these
fields.Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of
Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , Reaxys , MD Consult and Mosby's Nursing Suite
, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the
SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review , which help research and health care
institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC , a world-leading
publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier
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