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Laureates Announced for the 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards in Life Sciences
Posted: November 21, 2011
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Prof. Frances Ashcroft, PhD, a royal society research professor in the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics for Oxford University, was chosen as the 2012 laureate for Europe. Ashcroft was selected for advancing the understanding of insulin secretion and of neonatal diabetes.
Finally, the 2012 laureate for Latin America is Prof. Susana López, PhD, a faculty member in developmental genetics and molecular physiology in the department of the institute of biotechnology at the National University of Mexico. She was chosen for her identification of how rotaviruses cause the death of 600,000 children each year.
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Mar. 22, 2012, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Each laureate receives US $100,000 in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of science.
Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards have recognized 72 laureates—women who have made great advances in scientific research, two of whom have received the Nobel Prize.