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

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, [http://www.elsevierfoundation.org ] the Organization for Women in Science for
the Developing World [http://owsdw.ictp.it ] (OWSD), and TWAS [http://www.TWAS.org ], 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 Chemistry.

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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. (http://www.owsdw.org)

About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com
], 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 communities.


About Elsevier

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communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
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], which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal
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help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

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