The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) supported scientific research projects by offering grants to five out of the 173 researchers who applied. The grants were offered in the following fields: nanotechnology, biological sciences, engineering sciences, frontier areas of science and technology, and health biotechnology.
The grants benefited Dr Cherif Kaba Mariama, from the Republic of Burkina Faso, for her research on “Evaluation of the epigenetic correlates on the susceptibility to malaria of Peulh and Mossi ethnic groups living in Burkina Faso”; Dr Assani Seidou Alassan, from the Republic of Benin, for his research entitled “Sustainable management of seasonal migration in Benin’s protected areas in light of climate change”; Dr Mukhlis bin A Rahman, from Malaysia, for his research on “Development of Ceramic Membrane Incorporated with metal Organic Framework for Seawater Desalination”; Dr Azhar Rasul, form the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for his research on “Determining the Mechanism of Action of a novel Human 6 Phosphogluconate Dehydrogenase (h6PGD) Specific Inhibitors that kill Chemoresistant Cancer Cells”; and Dr Wesam Awad Sarhan, from the Arab Republic of Egypt, for his research on the “Development of a 3D Multifunctional Nanofibrous Wound Dressing for Diabetic Wound Healing”.
This support aims at encouraging significant, promising and innovative scientific research works to achieve sustainable development goals; strengthening local research capacities; and curbing brain drain from Member States towards industrially-advanced countries.
It is worth noting that 50 researchers from the Islamic world have benefited from these grants since their launch in 2008.