Scientific journalist, Margaret Munro wins the 2006-2007 L'Oréal Canada Award for Excellence in Science Journalism



    MONTREAL, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - L'Oréal Canada is pleased to announce
that Margaret Munro is the 2006-2007 winner of the L'Oréal Canada Excellence
in Scientific Journalism Award for his article entitled "Death is first"
published in The Gazette on June 25th, 2006.
    The award aims to highlight the outstanding work of Canadian science
journalists by honoring an article, a radio or television feature profiling a
notable Canadian figure in science and his or her research. "We created this
award to support scientific journalism as well as promote engaging and
accessible coverage of science in the media," explains Sandrine Michard,
Vice-President Corporate Communications for L'Oréal Canada. "The ultimate goal
is to encourage future generations to consider a career in the science field".
    Margaret Munro is a senior writer for CanWest News Service where her
stories on the latest developments, and controversies, in science reach up to
1.4 million readers daily in newspaper across Canada. Munro joined the Ottawa
Citizen in 1978 and was soon making headlines with stories on genetic
engineering and acid rain. She then spent a decade at the Vancouver Sun and
five years at the National Post writing on the science -and politics- of
issues ranging from climate change to embryonic stem cells before bringing her
tenacity and curiosity to Can West News as a senior writer. Her article "Death
is first", is about a lethal gene that causes ARVC targeting young men and how
there is now medical hope with heart defibrillators.

    Supporting the Promotion of Science

    L'Oréal is a firm believer in sharing the knowledge and progress of
research and has been active in this area for several years, notably through
this award but also through public exhibitions and informative websites such
www.hair-discovery.com and www.skin-discovery.com.
    Fourteen L'Oréal Research Centers have been established throughout the
world with nearly 3000 scientists in approximately 30 different fields,
including chemistry, biology, medicine, physics, physical chemistry and
toxicology. These researchers study the function of the skin and hair, work on
the synthesis of new active molecules and develop new products. Results
deriving from the L'Oréal laboratories are the foundation for patents (569 in
2006) and numerous scientific publications. Therefore, even before these
innovations appear in its beauty products, L'Oréal strives to share this
information with the international scientific community.

    About L'Oréal

    The L'Oréal Group, based in Paris, is the world's largest cosmetics
company. Since the company's founding in 1907 by chemist Eugène Schueller, the
efficacy and safety of L'Oréal products have been based on research and
innovation. L'Oréal invests more than 3% of its sales in R&D each year; almost
3 billion euros over the past ten years. L'Oréal's research efforts focuses on
hair, skin and haircolor ; 4000 new formulas are brought to market annually.

    L'Oréal Canada, which is headquartered in Montréal, is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of L'Oréal Group. A leader in the Canadian cosmetics market,
L'Oréal Canada, offers its customers a wide range of choices with its diverse
brands that encompass all aspects of beauty. The company's prestigious brand
portfolio includes L'Oréal Professionnel, Redken, Matrix, Kérastase, L'Oréal
Paris, Garnier, Maybelline New York, Ombrelle, Lancôme, Biotherm, Giorgio
Armani, Ralph Lauren, Cacharel, Kiehl's since 1851, Laboratoires Vichy and La
Roche-Posay Laboratoire Pharmaceutique.




For further information:

For further information: Virginie Hotte-Dupuis, Corporate
Communications, L'Oréal Canada, (514) 287-4613, vhotte-dupuis@ca.loreal.com

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