L’Oréal-Unesco Award RM90,000 To Malaysian Women Scientists

All three scientists are shattering the glass ceiling and making waves with their outstanding research contributions.
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The Malaysian L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science National Recipients

This year, the spotlight shone on Shivaani Mariapun of the University of Nottingham Malaysia. By conducting in-depth research on mammographic density and breast cancer risk in Asian women, she is developing a more accurate risk prediction model and an effective screening strategy for early detection. Malaysia’s breast cancer mortality rate is 50% higher than the global rate. Hence, Shivaani’s work could potentially save the lives of millions of women.

Another recipient of this year’s award is Dr Lim Way Foong from University Sains Malaysia, who is developing a violet alternative to the typical blue light of LED lights. According to Dr Lim, overexposure to blue lights emitting from artificial lighting is a health hazard. She is performing extensive tests and studies to determine the appropriate wavelength for human eyes.

Last but certainly not least, L’Oréal-UNESCO also awarded Dr Wan Iryani Wan Ismail of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, for her exceptional research efforts towards using honey to manage and prevent obesity. Through her study, it is found that consumption of pure, unadulterated honey can decrease excess weight gain and lower obesity biomarkers in the animal model.

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