Posted on October 02, 2016

Dr Maha Al-Asmakh (pictured), Assistant Professor at Qatar University College of Health Sciences (QU-CHS) Biomedical Sciences Department, won the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science (FWIS)” Middle East Fellowship Award.

Dr Al-Asmakh is one of the four recipients of the fellowship. She was chosen from a pool of 55 scientists from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS Middle East Fellowship Program aims to recognize, honor and empower Arab female scientists whose findings have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and helped change the world for the better.

The award was presented to Dr Al-Asmakh during a ceremony that was held at the Zayed University campus in the United Arab Emirates. Commenting on the award, Dr Al-Asmakh said: “I am very pleased to receive this recognition award which highlights the level of research and innovation in Qatar, and which aligns with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. This fellowship aspires me to contribute to the development of research in Qatar, to publish further research articles in high impact journals, and to participate in international conferences in which I represent my country.”

CHS Dean and Director of QU Biomedical Research Center (BRC) Dr Asmaa Al-Thani said: “Human Development is one of the essential pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to enhance the Qatari society and to support its citizens. Our goal in participating in such scientific competitions and research forums around the world is to uplift the scientists who greatly contribute to advancing the health care sector through their creative scientific findings.” Dr Al-Thani also noted that the core value of these initiatives is to produce the future generation of scientists who will contribute to the promotion of health and well-being in the Qatari community in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.