(original title: Tu youyou won the UNESCO International Life Science Research Award)
UNESCO, headquartered in Paris, France, announced the list of winners of the 2019 UNESCO Equatorial Guinea International Life Science Research Award on the 22nd, with a total of three winners, including Tu youyou from China.
The award aims to reward outstanding life science research that improves the quality of human life. The research subject can be an individual or institution. This year is the fifth year of the award.
UNESCO said in the announcement that Tu Youyou, Professor of the Chinese Academy of traditional Chinese medicine and winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, won the prize for her research on parasitic diseases. Her new antimalarial drug artemisinin cured many Chinese patients in the 1980s. The World Health Organization recommended artemisinin based combination therapy as the first-line antimalarial treatment scheme, which saved millions of lives, reduced the mortality of malaria in Africa by 66% and the mortality of children under 5 years old.
The announcement said that Cato & middot from the United States; Professor laurenson won the award for his innovative work in the clinical application of biomaterial regeneration engineering and stem cell science. Another winner is Kevin & middot from Ireland; Professor McGuigan said his solar disinfection technology has helped people in Africa and Asia get clean drinking water.
The award ceremony will be held in February 2020 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.