May 7, 2019, 6:54 PM
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Dr. Shusha Foundation Prize for young Iranian Scientist

Tehran, May 7, IRNA - The 2019 Dr. Shusha Foundation Prize, affiliated to the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), was awarded to the Iranian researcher.

Golaleh Asghari, a young researcher at the Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Metabolism and a Ph.D holder in Nutrition Sciences at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences was awarded the prize.

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) selects and nominates a top researcher as the winner of the Doctor Shusha Fellowship Prize, which awarded this year’s prize to the young Iranian scholar.

Dr. Golaleh Asghari told IRNA ON Tuesday that 20 countries are members of the Eastern Mediterranean region, noting, 'According to recall, member-states select and introduce a young researcher who has done important research in the field of public health and to the Foundation which one of them is selected as the winner of the award.'

The winner of the regional award, announced her major contribution to the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study, highlighting, 'The Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study is a large demographic study in the region, and most of my research activities have contributed to the study of dietary intake and the role of nutrition in reducing noncommunicable diseases.'

The Dr A.T. Shusha Foundation was established in 1966 in memory of Dr Aly Tewfik Shusha, first WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. The prize, consisting of a sum in the order of CHF 2500 and a bronze medal, is awarded to a person who has made the most significant contribution to improving health in the Eastern Mediterranean, the geographical area in which Dr A.T. Shousha served the Organization.

The prize, awarded not more than once a year, is presented at a special ceremony during a session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean.

Subsequently the Dr A.T. Shusha Foundation Fellowship was established to enable health professionals from the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to obtain a postgraduate diploma or a master's degree in public health. The Fellowship, amounting to US $15,000, is awarded whenever accumulated interest is sufficient, in principle about every six year.


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