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L'Oréal and UNESCO making a real difference for women scientists worldwide

femmes_sciences.gif 8 March - L'ORÉAL and UNESCO announced the five Award Laureates, one from each continent, and 15 Fellowship beneficiaries of the 2004 'For Women in Science' programme. The L'OREAL-UNESCO Award Laureates receive individual awards of $100,000.
More than 800 prominent scientists from around the world nominated the candidates. The Award Laureates were then selected by an international jury of 15 eminent members of the scientific community, led by Christian de Duve, Nobel Prize in Medicine and Founding President of the Awards.

The 2004 Award Laureates, one from each continent, are: Jennifer Thomson (South Africa): "For her development of transgenic plants resistant to viral infections, drought, and other risks"; Nancy Ip (China): "For her discoveries on the molecular control of growth, differentiation, and synapse formation in the nervous system"; Christine Petit (France): "For her elucidation of the genetic defects in hereditary deafness and other sensory disorders"; Lucia Mendonça Previato (Brazil): "For her achievements in the understanding, treatment and prevention of Chagas disease"; Philippa Marrack (USA): "For her characterization of the functions of T lymphocytes in immunity and the discovery of superantigens."

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