The L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" fellowship granted to Russian

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Dr Anna Kudryavtseva, Russian biologist became on of the 15 winners of the international stage of the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" award. The awards ceremony was hosted today, on March 22nd, in Paris as reported by Indicator.Ru journalist. Last year Anna Kudryavtseva with her colleague Alexey Dmitriev won the presidential prize of Russian Federation for decrypting new mechanisms that are responsible for onset and evolution of specific metabolism of malignant epithelial tumours.

Anna Kudryavtseva is a candidate of biological sciences in Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and she was awarded for her study on cancer diagnostics. Along with other 14 scientists, Anna was chosen from 275 participants of the "Rising talents" program. The same prize was awarded to Irina Didenkulova from Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University. She was awarded for her study of tsunami. killer-waves and storm surges.

The main prize is €100,000, and it is awarded to 5 eminent women of science in life, thus acknowledging their contribution in medical science, paleontology, molecular biology, ecology and ontogenetics. Professor Heather Zar (Professor, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Director Medical Research Council Unit (MRC), University of Cape Town, South Africa) – For establishing a cutting-edge research program in pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma, saving the lives of many children worldwide; Professor Meemann Chang (Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China) – For her pioneering work on fossil records leading to insights on how aquatic vertebrates adapted to live on land; Professor Caroline Dean (Professor, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, UK) – For her groundbreaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement; Professor Amy T. Austin (Professor, Agricultural Plant Physiology and Ecology Research Institute (IFEVA) - CONICET, School of Agriculture, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) – For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes; and Professor Janet Rossant (Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, University Professor, University of Toronto, Canada, President, Gairdner Foundation, Canada) – For her outstanding research that helped us to better understand how tissues and organs are formed in the developing embryo.

Since its creation 20 years ago, the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" program has awarded 102 prizes and supported more than 3000 young women scientists, helping them to gain greater recognition in scientific society. Three of them were awarded the Nobel Prize. Women are still under-represented in science: today, only 28% of researchers are women and only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women since this award was created in 1901.