8th L’Oréal-UNESCO for women honours young scientists in Africa

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The 2017 edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa ceremony celebrated 14 young female scientists.

As part of the programme launched in 2010, female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa were honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field.

Their fields of research vary across different disciplines and address key global issues.

Sandeep Rai, Managing Director, L’Oréal South Africa highlighted the power of these women scientists and the women scientists who have been celebrated this year.

“The world continues to face unprecedented challenges such as climate change, water scarcity, illnesses and food security among other issues. Only a shared, controlled science, at the service of the world’s population, is able to meet the major challenges of the twenty-first century, and our researchers are the proof.”

The recipients of the Post-Doctoral regional fellowships of 10 000 Euros each are:

1. Charlette Tiloke, South Africa – Durban University of Technology

Title of Project: Anticancer and antimicrobial activity of Moringa oleifera, and Sutherlandia frutescens and their nanoparticles. 

2. Kenda Knowles, South Africa – University of Kwazulu-Natal

Title of Project: Statistical study of diffuse radio emission in ACT galaxy clusters with MeerKAT

The recipients of the Doctoral fellowships of 5 000 Euros each are:

1. Oluwademilade Fayemiwo, Nigeria – University of Johannesburg 

Title of Project: Novel tannin-based adsorbents from green tea for the removal of organic pollutants in oilfield produced water

2. Priscah Omoke, Kenya – Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science And Technology

Title of Project: Characterization of similarity orbits of invariant subspaces of norm-attainable operators

3. Olawumi Sadare, Nigeria – University of the Witwatersrand 

Title of Project: Development and Evaluation of Adsorption coupling Bio-desulphurization (AD/BDS) process for the desulphurization of South African Petroleum Distillates.

4. Juliana Mandha, Uganda – Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

Title of Project: Value addition in the fruit processing chain to increase the nutritional value and to enhance the small holder farmers’ income in Uganda

5. Carol Mahachi, Zimbabwe – Stellenbosch University 

Title of Project: Inflammation Markers Associated with Kidney Disease in HIV positive patients

6. Godiraone Nkoni, Botswana – University of Botswana

Title of Project: variability in lower stratospheric ozone concentration over the Kalahari transect as a precursor for climate change assessment

7. Verena Gounden, South Africa – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal 

Title of Project: Effect of environmental endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A BPA on epigenetic regulation of steroid hormone metabolism and influence on associated levels of hormones among mother and child pairs

8. Cynthia Tamandjou, Cameroon – Stellenbosch University

Title of Project: Hepatitis B virus mother-to-Child-transmission in Namibia: transmission dynamics and possibilities for elimination

9. Therina Du Toit, South Africa – Stellenbosch University 

Title of Project: The profiling of C11-oxy steroids by UPC2-MS/MS quantification in clinical conditions characterized by androgen excess and in steroid abuse.

10. Lethiwe Mthembu, South Africa – Durban University of Technology

Title of Project: Ionic liquid optimization and synthesis of levulinic acid and levulinic acid derivatives from sugarcane bagasse

11. Maléki Assih, Togo – Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo 

Title of Project: Immunity in viral hepatitis B: Evaluation of the cytokine profile and immunoglobulins in vaccinated individuals and carriers of HBsAg in Burkina Faso

12. Augustina Frimpong, Ghana – University of Ghana 

Title of Project: Analysis of T cell receptor diversity in paediatric malaria patients

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa programme has reached many women across Africa. The prestigious Awards Ceremony where the scientists were presented with the fellowship took place on the evening of 8 November at The Venue Greenpark, Johannesburg

For more information on the For Women in Science programme visit www.ForWomenInScience.com

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