IBE is pleased to learn that Ingrid Scheffer, Chair of the Leagues Commission for Classification and Terminology, was chosen as the 2012 Laureate for Asia-Pacific of this years LOréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards. Professor Scheffer, from the University of Melbourne in Australia, was recognized for her significant contributions to our understanding of the genetic basis of a number of epilepsy syndromes as well as for her clinical skills that have established her as a leading clinician investigator.
The LOréal-UNESCO Awards, which were first created in 1998, recognize five outstanding women researchers each year who have contributed to scientific progress. There is one Laureate from the five major regions of the world: Africa and Arab States, Asia (including Oceania and Pacific), Europe, Latin America and North America. Each winner receives a $100,000 award. It is intended that these exceptional women scientists serve as role models for the next generation, encouraging young women around the world to follow in their footsteps.
Almost two thousand eminent members of the scientific community propose candidates for the Awards. Two juries, one in the Life Sciences, the other in the Physical Sciences, meet in alternating years to select the Laureates from these fields of research. The 2012 International Life Sciences Jury was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Günter Blobel. Also participating in the jury was Professor Christian de Duve (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1974) and Founding President of the LOreal-UNESCO Awards. Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, is Honorary President of the Jury.
With the 2012 Awards, 72 women from 30 countries, whose exceptional and exemplary careers in science have opened up new and sometimes revolutionary ways of improving human well-being, will have been recognized
Dr. Scheffers award is the first for an epilepsy researcher, and this prize provides great visibility to the work throughout the epilepsy research community. It is also an example of the great strides that can be made when a talented group of researches combine their complementary skills.
This award be presented to Dr. Scheffer at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in March, 2012.