Philanthropy – “For Women in Science”

fwis_logoL’Oréal Corporate Foundation launched the “For Women in Science” philanthropy program to provide recognition and financial assistance to women researchers in biology and environmental sciences. The program is organized in collaboration with UNESCO. My work with this inspiring initiative has been to create a series of articles for L’Oréal’s blog and event materials. I interviewed the members of the jury panel who select each year’s Fellows and winners of the research grants.

Click below to read interviews and authored articles from the distinguished members of the jury. 

I am sometimes asked how I stay committed and inspired to making new discoveries in my research. To answer this question, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes with you. The older I get, the more I’m impressed by the insights of Albert Einstein. I like this quote in particular: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” I’ve been a scientist for many years, but I still feel passionate about my work…continue reading

  • An update from Dr. Nagwa Meguid, Laureate 2002 and Professor of Human Genetics, National Research Center (NRC), Cairo, Egypt

I focus on genetic malformations that are common in Egypt due to consanguineous (same-blood) marriages and affect certain populations in the Mediterranean region, specifically the Fragile X Syndrome…learn more.

  • Interview with Professor Mayana Zatz, a Fellow with the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program

Prof. Mayana Zatz, Professor of Genetics at the University of Sào Paulo in Brazil, has devoted her career to studying the genetics of neuromuscular diseases. But for Prof. Zatz, there is more to being a scientist than spending long hours in a lab. She also has a deep personal interest in the approximately 180,000 people in Brazil who have neuromuscular disorders. Prof. Zatz decided that “being a scientist wasn’t enough” and founded the Brazilian Muscular Dystrophy Association to help families whose loved ones have muscular dystrophy.  Read more here.

These young women scientists received financial support for their research.

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