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Friday, November 30, 2012

Cuban Researcher Earns UNESCO Scholarship

Havana, Nov 30.- Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Georgieva Bokova, congratulated today Cuban researcher Ariana Barbera Betancourt, who was granted a scholarship by that institution.

Bokova described as significant breakthrough the presence of women in scientific development.

The assessment of new forms to treat autoimmune diseases was the project for which UNESCO granted the scholarship to Barbera, a Cuban scientist from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB).

The CIGB boasts relevant results like the advanced product Heberprot-P to treat the diabetic foot, as well as vaccines to treat some types of cancer.

UNESCO grants this recognition to encourage and support the work of new specialists in life sciences.

The young Cuban researcher told Prensa Latina that her study is aimed at evaluating drugs to treat illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus and the Chron's Disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive system.

The drugs currently available are not 100 percent effective, and even in developed countries they fail to solve these health problems, said Barbera, 32, with a degree in Biochemestry.

Besides a good project, candidates need to have an impeccable record as student and worker in order to be granted the UNESCO scholarship, also sponsored by L'Oreal cosmetics firm. (Prensa Latina).