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Dr. Hind Al-Qadri a researcher at Dasman Diabetes Institute, wins the 2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science.

Feb 10, 2022

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has expressed its pride in the achievement of Dr. Hind Al-Qadri- a researcher at Dasman Diabetes Institute, one of the Foundation’s affiliated centers- the 2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, which is part of the Middle East Regional Program for Emerging Women Researchers.

   Dr. Al-Qadri won this international award for her research project related to the use of oral fluids as a non-invasive diagnostic tool that allows early diagnosis and treatment of the “Covid-19” virus and other inflammatory diseases.

   The Foundation is keen to support and fund research conducted by researchers at Dasman Diabetes Institute, in addition to a large number of research conducted by researchers from government and private scientific and research institutions in Kuwait, in order to achieve the Foundation's objectives in supporting scientific research and encouraging researchers.

   She added that the research project will help focus on saliva as a non-invasive diagnostic tool that allows early diagnosis and treatment of the "Covid-19" virus and other inflammatory diseases.

   She explained that by analyzing the data of patients infected with the “Covid-19” virus who show varying levels of disease severity, Dr. Al-Qadri aspires to identify and compare changes in specific biomarkers associated with “Covid-19” with the development of clinical symptoms throughout the infection period and to assess the immune correlation of protection.

   Dr. Al-Qadri stated that this research project will not only develop a better understanding of the immune responses of those infected with the "Covid-19" virus, but will also help provide a public health strategy of stratification of patients, and relieve some of the pressure on the health care system.

   It is noteworthy that Dr. Al-Qadri graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry in Alexandria University and worked as a dentist in the National Oral and Dental Health Program in Kuwait, then continued her postgraduate studies in the field of research and community health, and obtained a doctorate in community health from Harvard University and a specialization in research and health economics from Washington University. She lectures at Harvard University Dental School.

   With their annual awards, the French L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO honor female scientists who contribute, through their scientific work, to addressing the major challenges posed at the global level, and contribute to highlighting those achievements and encouraging female talent.