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Bangladeshi scientist gets L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Awards

  • Published at 10:19 am February 12th, 2020
Dr Firdausi Qadri
File photo of icddr,b Senior Scientist Dr Firdausi Qadri Courtesy

She will receive €100,000 at a ceremony on March 12 

Bangladeshi scientist Dr Firdausi Qadri has achieved the 22nd L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Awards.

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, L'Oréal Foundation and Unesco on Tuesday announced the names of the five winners including Firdausi, who won the award from the Asia-Pacific region. 

Dr Firdausi is the head of the Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit of the Infectious Diseases Division at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b).

She has been awarded for her outstanding work to understand and prevent infectious diseases affecting children in developing countries, and promote early diagnosis and vaccination with global health impact, a press statement said.

This year, the L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Awards recognized the achievement of women scientists in the field of life sciences: biotechnology, ecology, epigenetics, epidemiology and infectiology.

Each of the five laureates will receive €100,000 at a ceremony at the Unesco headquarters in Paris on March 12. 

The laureates have been recognized alongside 15 Rising Talents, young women scientists from all over the world.

Four other winners of the award are -- Prof Abla Mehio Sibai from Africa and the Arab States, Prof Edith Heard from Europe, Prof Esperanza Martínez-Romero from Latin America, and Prof Kristi Anseth from North America.

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