Monday December 03, 2018
It’s great to know that Muslim women are excelling so much overtime, throughout the world. Indeed, it is a matter of great Pride for the Muslim Ummah. Yet again, they unlock another big achievement!
According to Women of Egypt Mag, three Egyptian female Muslim scientists have won the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award. They were awarded in recognition of their distinguished accomplishments in the field of pharmaceutics.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science, which began 19 years ago, recognizes accomplished women researchers. This is to encourage more young women to enter the profession. Marwa Balaha, one of the winners of this year’s award, said:
“My father passed away from cancer, something which pushed me to do all what I can to prevent cancer from claiming more lives. This goal propelled me to join the Faculty of Pharmacy, at the University of Tanta in Egypt.”
Complimenting with her academic excellence in the field of Pharmaceutical Design and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Balaha managed to design, evaluate, and synthesize novel compounds as cytotoxic agents against non-small cell lung cancer.
She carried out molecular docking study to interpret the comparative differences in the binding interactions of the synthesized novel compounds at the molecular level, as inhibitors of human dihydrofolate reductase enzyme, and also to understand the structure-activity relationships.
Balaha performed quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) study for prediction of the biological activity of novel anticancer drugs against lung carcinoma. She currently works in a project for design and synthesis of anti-cancer drugs which is in collaboration with a medicinal chemistry lab in Italy.
Breakdown of Drugs
Another winner is Dr. Noha Mostafa Ahmed. She is a Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Assiut University, Egypt.
Based on the critical need for pharmaceutical analytical chemistry and its applications in quality control and pharmacological, biological and environmental analysis; Ahmed’s research interests highlight the development of innovative and proven analytical methods to identify and break down some drugs. Her goal is to develop new, simple, highly sensitive and economical analytical methods to separate and identify the drugs under study, as well as potential oxidative outcomes in various pharmaceutical preparations and biological and environmental samples.
At present, her current proposal focuses on the analysis of the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and their bioactive metabolites in wastewater by using a special catalytic oxidation process of the target compounds.
The third winner, Dr. Amira El-Yazbi, is a researcher in Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University in Egypt.
El Yazbi’s research project focuses on the detection of DNA damage, which leads to mutations that cause cancer and several other diseases. As the available methods to screen for DNA damage are too expensive for daily usage, many products including over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics, and nutraceuticals don’t receive proper screening of their DNA damaging effect.
The research will result in a simple inexpensive high throughput method for the generic screening of DNA damaged by various pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. The simplicity and low expense of the methods used would allow large-scale examination of the DNA damaging effect of many products and pollutants in the local environment.
What these three women have achieved is something big and people worldwide should know about such victories in the Muslim World. It is by the will of Allah (SWT) that such successes have barged their way in. Spread the message and enlighten others!
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