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UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

The purpose of this Prize is to reward the projects and activities of an individual, individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for scientific research in the life sciences leading to improving the quality of human life.

The objectives of the Prize are related to the central function of UNESCO’s programme to encourage research and the setting up and further development of networks of centers of excellence in the life sciences.

The prizewinner(s), maximum three,having made a significant research contribution to the life sciences will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of the assessments and recommendations provided by an international jury.

Call for nominations (2015 Prize)

The call for nominations for the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is open until 30 June 2015.

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2014 laureates

 Professor Hossein Baharvand (Iran)

Professor of Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at the Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology and the Head of Department of developmental biology at the University of Science and Culture.

In 2003, he established the first mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells in Iran. His contribution to the development of stem cell resource and translational research has led to numerous applications in regenerative medicine.


André Bationo (Burkina-Faso)

Soil scientist and President of Action for Integrated Development.

He specializes in soil chemistry, soil fertility, agricultural production, environmental issues and natural resource management. He has contributed to improving agriculture in Africa through his outstanding fundamental and translational research in soil fertility management.



Instituto de Medicina Tropical von Humboldt (IMT) at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

The Institute was founded in 1968 with the mission of promoting education and research on the most prevalent tropical diseases in Peru. It has performed high quality research and contributed to controlling diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, HIV-AIDS and others.


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