MONTREAL, Nov. 26, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, three distinguished women researchers were honoured and rewarded by L'Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, as part of the L'Oréal Canada For Women and Science Program with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO awards ceremony which took place the at French Embassy in Ottawa.
Created in 1998 by L'Oréal and UNESCO, For Women and Science is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind today. By the end of 2014, over 2000 women scientists from over 100 countries will have benefitted from the program. Numerous national programs have been created in over fifty countries, including the L'Oréal Canada For Women and Science Program with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, in 2003. Since then, fellowships have been awarded annually to more than 45 exceptional Canadian women scientists.
"The L'Oréal Canada For Women and Science Program with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO highlights the exceptional work of Canadian women emeritus researchers who are passionate about their research and encourages them to continue pushing the boundaries in their field. They embody the conviction that science and women bring hope and foster discovery, innovation and excellence " explained Mr. Frank Kollmar, president and CEO of L'Oréal Canada.
The 2014 recipients of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Research Excellence Fellowships:
- Brandy Callahan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health, Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec
- Vanessa D'Costa, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Cell Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
These fellowships, worth $20,000 each are designed to support major research projects undertaken by Canadian women working at the post-doctoral level. They were presented to the recipients by Dr. Nadia Ghazzali, President of Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and member of the jury for the 2014 L'Oréal-UNESCO Research Excellence Fellowships. These fellowships not only reward excellence, but also enable exceptional scientists, as selected by a jury of experts, to pursue their research projects.
The recipient of the 2014 L'Oréal Canada France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF) is :
- Madiha Khan, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, Carleton University
This fellowship, worth $5,000, is part of the FFCR program which acts to promote and develop scientific and academic exchanges of excellence in every field of research between Canada and France. It is designed to support new collaborative scientific efforts involving young researchers. The Fund is jointly chaired by Ms. Mona Nemer, Vice President, Research, at the University of Ottawa, and Mr. Jacques Samarut, President of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
L'Oréal Canada is proud to support women in science and believes in fostering appreciation for the sciences from a very early age through several mentoring programs and partnerships, such as Youth Science Canada's L'Oréal-UNESCO For Girls in Science program.
L'Oréal Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of L'Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L'Oréal Canada had sales of $1.030 billion in 2013 and employs more than 1,200 people. The company holds a portfolio of 35 brands, encompassing all aspects of beauty, and is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies, drugstores, and branded retail.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO connects Canadians with the work of UNESCO. Its aim is to create a society in which Canadians share knowledge and learn from each other, locally and globally, in order to build peaceful, equitable and sustainable futures. The Commission operates within the Canada Council for the Arts.
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For further information: For more information about the L'Oréal Canada For Women and Science Program, or to arrange an interview with one of the laureates, please contact: Virginie Hotte-Dupuis, Manager External Relations & Philanthropy, L'Oréal Canada, Tel : 514-287-4618, [email protected]; Please address any requests for information about the Canadian Commission for UNESCO to : Dominique Potvin, Programme Officer, Natural Sciences, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Tel.: 613 566-4414 or 1 800 263-5588, ext. 5517, [email protected], www.unesco.ca