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Dr Wafa Al-Jamal Receives an Internationally Recognised Gro Brundtland Award in Taiwan

Dr Wafa Al-Jamal received Gro Brundtland Award for 2017, which recognizes distinguished female scientists in the field of sustainable development. Dr Al-Jamal's research, a Prostate Cancer Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, focuses on developing nanoscale materials to deliver a wide range of therapeutics (known as nanomedicine), offering more effective cancer therapy with reduced side effects.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister and World Health Organization Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland was awarded the Tang Prize, considered Nobel Prize of Asia, in the Sustainable Development category in 2014. She received a cash prize of NT$40 million and NT$10 research grant.  Gro Brundtland used the NT$10 million (US$323,300) research grant from the honor to organize the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development as well as an award under her name that recognizes five women scientists from Taiwan and four developing countries over three consecutive years beginning in 2016.

Dr Al-Jamal delivered her Gro Brundtland Award Lecture “Nanomedicine: promises and challenges for the future of public health” on 14th March 2017 at Tzu Chi University, Hualien County, Taiwan. The award ceremony was held on 17th March 2017, at The Tang Prize Foundation, Taipei. The award was presented to the prize awardees by NCKU President Professor Huey-Jen Jenny Su, and Dr Jenn-Chuan Chern, the CEO of Tang Prize Foundation.

Dr Al-Jamal said: “I am thrilled to be one the five Gro Brundtland Award recipients!  Gro Brundtland Award is one of the few awards that recognizes women contribution to science and sustainable development. It is a great achievement, and it will help me to establish worldwide collaborations, which aim to strengthen the links and knowledge exchange between researchers in the UK and developing countries.”

The Gro Brundtland Week (12-17th March 2017) of Women in Sustainable Development kicked off at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in southern Taiwan’s Tainan City with the objective of fostering women scientists in the fields of sustainable development and public health. Organized by NCKU, this year’s weeklong event included forums and discussions in addition to a ceremony to honor Gro Brundtland Award winners. Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who was invited to speak at the opening ceremony, addressed attendees with a talk on public health as a human right, with an emphasis on mental health care. The meetings were held in Taipei City, Hualien County, Taichung City and Tainan City in northern, eastern, central and southern Taiwan, respectively.

To read more information about Tang Prize, Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development and Dr Al-Jamal’s interview and presentation, please click here.

Wafa al-Jamal in Taiwan

Wafa with NCKU President Professor Huey-Jen Jenny Su, and Dr Jenn-Chuan Chern, the CEO of Tang Prize Foundation,