Ghanaian Female Scientist
Ghanaian Female Scientist

A young Ghanaian female medical researcher Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante has been awarded the UNESCO International Rising Talents award in Paris, France, release received here on Friday has said.

She received the award alongside 14 other rising stars at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards Ceremony.

The recipient from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and her co-recipients were described as promising young women scientists from across the world at the awards ceremony held at the UNESCO headquarters on Thursday.

Mante who was the only African among the award winners is also the first recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Rising Talent Award from her institution.

The 15 young scientists were awarded alongside five outstanding Laureates, one from each continent, who were honored for their significant contribution to science.

These exceptional women were recognized for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science and they will each receive 100,000 Euros.

“Specializing in neuropharmacology and neuroscience, Dr. Mante is researching alternative, plant-based therapeutic options to manage drug-resistant epilepsy and the neglected tropical disease, neurocysticercosis,” the release stated.

The young researcher stated: “The world will make room for us,” adding the more women push for senior roles, the harder it will be to ignore them.”

Dr. Mante acknowledged that the expert guidance of both men and women throughout her career has been so important that she now considered herself a “champion” of mentorship, regularly supporting younger scientists in pursuing their dreams.

“Sometimes it’s important to hold your mentee’s hand and guide them towards opportunities they never knew existed,” she averred. Enditem

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