The 2004 L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Award selected five outstanding woman from each continent in recognition of their contribution to scientific researches. The International Jury of Life sciences was composed of an interdisciplinary group of 14 eminent scientist chaired by Professor Christian de DUVE, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1974, Founding President of the Award, and assisted by Professor Günter BLOBEL, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1999, who served as Vice-President of the Jury.
The Laureats for the 2004 L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Award dedicated to LIFE SCIENCES were selected in consideration of their exceptional achievements in world scientific progress. The following women were honored for their groundbreaking work:
Professor Lucia MENDONÇA-PREVIATO for LATIN AMERICA
(Federal University of Rio de Janiero - Institute of Boiphysics)
Professor Christine CHAVANCE-PETIT for EUROPE
(Institut Pasteur, Paris - Unité de Génétique des Déficits Sensoriel)
Professor Nancy IP for ASIA
(Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Professor Philippa MARRACK for NORTH AMERICA (Canada and USA)
(Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Denver - National Jewish Medical and Research Center)
Professor Jennifer Ann THOMSON for AFRICA
(University of Cape Town)
The Laureates received individual awards of $100,000 and encouragement to pursue their career.