Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

Iranian Scientist Wins UNESCO International Prize

The 2014 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences has been awarded to Iranian Scientist Dr. Hossein Baharvand.

Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology founder, Baharvand has managed to get the prize jointly with two other researchers in UNESCO member states.

This is the first time that an Iranian scientist to be awarded the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize .

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.

Dr. Baharvand, who is now the head of the Department of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology at Iran Royan Institute, established the first mouse and human embryonic stem cells in Iran in 2003.

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