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Two Lebanese women winners of UNESCO science awards


Two Lebanese women laureates, Dr. Farah Nassar and Crystel Hajjar, in addition to four researchers from Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, won the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science 2020 edition during a ceremony held online in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The winners, to note, were chosen for their outstanding contribution to valuable research work. And they are: Crystel Hajjar (Lebanon), for her antimicrobial research to develop therapeutics to improve survival after a bone marrow transplant; Dr. Farah Nassar (also from Lebanon) for her work on “the effect of water pipe (hookah) and cigarette smoke on colorectal cancer”; Dr. Dima Suleiman (Syria) for her research on the impact of war-derived metallic pollution on biodiversity; Hanin Dweib (from Palestine) for her project on “dietary interventions targeting early cardiovascular dysfunction in prediabetes”; Farah Ma’mouri (Iraq) for her research on the use of medicinal plants in the prevention and treatment of kidney stones, and finally, Dr. Lina Dahabiyeh (from Jordan) for her work on the “Plasma drop to improve the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia”. During the event, the secretary general of the National Council for Scientific Research, head of the jury, Mouin Hamzeh, lauded the exceptional talents and ambitions of this year’s laureates who challenged Covid-19 and the current circumstances. (An Nahar, December 3, 2020)

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