23 de junio de 2014
UNESCO L'OREAL AWARDS: Cecilia Bouzat, woman in Science
On March 19, 2014, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO presented the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award. With a grant of $100,000 dollars, it is one of the most important awards in the world. Five outstanding women researchers were honored due to their contributions to science. Each laureate has an outstanding career, which is the result of her exceptional talent that is strengthened by remarkable compromise and boldness.
The awards ceremony in which five exceptional women scientists were distinguished and fifteen young scientists received international fellowships for 2014 was held in La Sorbone. The ceremony was presided over by Professor Günter Blobel, 1999 Nobel Prize in medicine, together with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Jean-Paul Agon, chair of the L'Oreal Foundation and chair and CEO of L'Oreal. The Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina, Dr. Lino Barañao, was also present in the ceremony.
The five laureates were selected by an independent jury composed of 12 eminent members of the international scientific community and chaired by Professor Günter Blobel. Brigitte Kieffer (Neurobiology) was selected for Europe; Laurie Glimcher (Immunology and Medicine) for North America; the Argentine Cecilia Bouzat (Biophysics) for Latin America; Kayo Inaba (Immunology and Medicine) for Asia-Pacific; and Segenet Kelemu (Biology and Phytopathology) for Africa and the Arab States.
This is the third time in the history of the awards, which started 16 years ago, that an Argentine researcher is awarded for Latin America:Dr. Cecilia Bouzat, a brilliant researcher who has contributed to the understanding of how brain cells communicate among themselves and with muscles, and how the alterations of molecular communication can cause muscular and neurological disorders. These findings could lead to the development of therapies aiming at the treatment of neurodegenerative pathologies such as Alzheimer, schizophrenia and congenital myasthenic syndromes.