Various science women, breaking grounds in their own professional areas and making their marks on important scientific developments through their researches, are awarded by L’Oréal’s support scholarship this year as well. Included in the “For Women in Science” program organized for the 13thtime this year are many pioneering studies in a lot of fields from Alzheimer to DNA damages and leukaemia.
There is an organization indicating for what the science women may, if and when they are supported, be a source of inspiration through their innovative and rigorous studies and researches. The “For Women in Science” program continued by L’Oréal Turkey since 13 years and supported also by UNESCO Turkey National Commission since 2013… With the supports of this program, 6 science women working in Koç, Bilkent, Dokuz Eylül, Hacettepe, Ordu and Abdullah Gül Universities are seeking ways to treat the most important diseases of our day through their scientific researches and are doing us credit by their projects aiming to solve the environmental problems. “In the recent years, there are tens of scientists dealing with the environmental problems, besides projects focused on diseases or nutritional sources,” says L’Oréal Science Director Fügen Soykut. According to Soykut, this rate will further continue to increase in the coming years. The projects of this year with record level participation are mostly focused and concentrated on Alzheimer, depression, leukaemia, DNA damages and environmental pollution. For instance, the project of Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hümeyra Çağlayan from Abdullah Gül University is related to biological sensors. That is to say it is about use of biosensors requiring us to take actions and measures so as to prevent dissemination of bacteria from foodstuffs produced under bad conditions.
‘ENCOURAGING STUDIES AND RESEARCHES ON DEPRESSION’
Each of these projects of science women reflects many significant innovations in its own field. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emine Eren, dealing with depression and anxiety, is carrying out a project focused on early diagnosis and preventive approaches. She says there are encouraging studies and researches ongoing in this field. The project of Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güneş Özhan, studying paracellular signal communication, aims to make a contribution to understanding of mechanisms underlying sicknesses and development of treatments targeted for them. And Assoc. Prof. Dr. Filiz Kuralay has concentrated on detection of damages suffered by DNA under the effects of natural and environmental factors and on measures required to be taken so as to avoid sicknesses resulting from such damages. Another project is on leukaemia conducted by Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Fırat Karalar. Karalar is trying to understand how cells work and is dealing with a structure causing leukaemia. And she intends to pioneer studies and researches for development of types of treatment targeting only cancerous cells. And finally Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilge Baytekin is conducting a project for disposal of environmental organic wastes and is concentrated on environmental pollution and public health.