Top US scientist honored with prestigious award

New York, N.Y., March 8, 2004 Dr. Philippa Marrack, one of the world's leading immunologists, will be honored this week in Paris, France with a L'ORAL UNESCO For Women In Science (FWIS) award for her dedication and outstanding contribution to scientific progress. Dr. Marrack, is one of five distinguished women representing five regions of the world who will receive this distinction.

L'ORAL, the world's leading cosmetic company, and UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization dedicated to collaboration among nations, this year celebrates the sixth anniversary of the L'ORAL UNESCO For Women In Science awards partnership, with a promise to continue to support the advancement of women in science.

"L'ORAL's commitment alongside UNESCO in the For Women In Science partnership is a concrete expression of our firm conviction that science is the source of all progress and that the contribution of women is vital to its future," said Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, L'ORAL. "Rewarding distinguished women scientists is only a start. Their example, we hope, will inspire the younger generation, women still at university, to study life sciences and later pursue a scientific career. Their success will benefit all women. But the greatest beneficiary will be science itself." Mr. Owen-Jones joins Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, in hosting the awards event each year in Paris.

The FWIS awards program is the only one of its kind that recognizes women for their achievement in the sciences. Each year, five top prizes and 15 fellowships are awarded, in as many as 20 countries.

Dr. Marrack was selected as this year's North American award recipient. She was chosen for her significant contribution in the area of T cell research - the family of cells that help the body fight off disease - and their effect on the immune system.

Dr. Marrack has spent much of the la

Contact: William Allstetter
National Jewish Medical and Research Center

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