From the University of Cape Town, Sudanese doctoral student Doaa Al-Amin, who specialises in pharmaceutical chemistry, won the annual prize granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the French cosmetics company L'Oreal.
The prize is given each year as an award for research conducted by women in all fields.
Al-Amin won after competing with ten international researchers from all over the world.
In 1998, the International L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards were created to acknowledge 5 female researchers who contributed with their studies and work to science and humanity.
The selection of the laureates takes into consideration that they come from the world's five regions.
In an interview with Sudan News Agency, Al-Amin said that her domain of research was developing medicines used for the treatment of cancer, which are products derived from compounds found in garlic, and which were discovered during the synthesis process in the laboratory.
Her research and formula were published in an American scientific journal and through channels of the UNESCO.
She added that the second part of the project is a test of the compounds’ effectiveness in killing esophageal cancer cells, indicating that more than 300 researchers competed for the first stage of the screening process, while the selection for the award was made from among ten researchers in the final stage.