UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the laureates of the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences for 2014.
In line with UNESCO’s goals to encourage research; mobilize science knowledge and policy for sustainable development and fostering capacity-building in science and innovation, the purpose of this Prize is to reward projects and activities of individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for scientific research in the life sciences with a view to improving the quality of human life.
Professor Hossein Baharvand (Iran),
The Prize-winners are: Professor Hossein Baharvand (Iran), Professor of Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at the Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology and the Head of Department of developmental biology at the University of Science and Culture. In 2003, he established the first mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells in Iran. His contribution to the development of stem cell resource and translational research has led to numerous applications in regenerative medicine.
André Bationo (Burkina-Faso), Soil scientist and President of Action for Integrated Development.
Instituto de Medicina Tropical von Humboldt (IMT) at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. The Institute was founded in 1968 with the mission of promoting education and research on the most prevalent tropical diseases in Peru.
André Bationo (Burkina-Faso)
Each of the three laureates will receive a statuette of the artist Leandro Mbomio Nsue, a diploma and a cheque for $100,000. An Award Ceremony will take place at the International Conference Centre of Sipopo, Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) on 15 September. Recommendations for the Prize-winners were made by an international jury of eminent independent scientists in the life sciences
The UN Country Team in Iran extends its warm congratulations to Professor Hossein Baharvand for this important achievement!
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