Ghanaian scientist Priscilla Kolibea Mante wins UNESCO science award

Ghanaian scientist Priscilla Kolibea Mante wins UNESCO science award

Ghanaian ingenuity is making the headlines again after the UN body responsible for science and education, UNESCO, awarded medical researcher Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante the UNESCO International Rising Talents award in Paris, France.

In a statement released on Friday, March 15, 2019, Dr Mante was mentioned alongside 14 other young women described as rising stars.

They were awarded with the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science International Awards in a ceremony.

Dr. Mante is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She was the only African among the awardees and also the first product from KNUST to attain such a feat.

The recipients were described as promising young women scientists from across the world.

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

The UNESCO statement said: “Specialising in neuropharmacology and neuroscience, Dr. Mante is researching alternative, plant-based therapeutic options to manage drug-resistant epilepsy and the neglected tropical disease, neurocysticercosis."

On her part, Dr. Mante said the 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.

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Meanwhile, the story is reported of Wisdom Tettey, a Ghanaian scholar who has been installed as the new vice president and principal of the University of Toronto-Scarborough in the largest city of Canada.

Professor Tettey's appointment was made in 2018 but his investiture was done on February, 25, 2019.

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