Vietnamese scientists were honoured at a ceremony of the 2015 L’Oreal For Women in Science Awards held in Hanoi on November 13 for their research on improving community healthcare and the environment.
The winners of the national awards included Dr.Ho Pham Thuc Lan, a lecturer from the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine; Dr. Pham Thi Kim Trang, deputy director of the Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD) under the Hanoi University of Science; and Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Lan Huong, researcher from the Water Resources University in Hanoi. This year’s Rising Young Talent award went to Dr. Tran Thi Hien, a lecturer from the Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy.
In 2015, Dr Tran Ha Lien Phuong, a lecturer from the HCM City-based Viet Nam National University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, has become the first Vietnamese to receive the award for her project on the development of fucoidan-based polymeric micelles for cancer treatment and diagnosis.
Her research will reportedly help in making cancer treatment cheaper and more effective.
Phuong, together with 14 other female scientists from across the world, will receive the US$40,000 award, known as International Rising Talent Grants, at a ceremony in Paris on March 18.
L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative began 17 years ago. Since that inaugural year, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have strived to support and recognize accomplished women researchers, to encourage more young women to enter the profession and to assist them once their careers are in progress.