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Algerian, South African scientists scoop AU accolades
February 14, 2018, 4:05 pm

Algerian professor Malik Maaza and South Africa’s Professor Robert Peter Miller have been honored with 2017 Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards at the just concluded 30th session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The accolade is awarded annually to African researchers and scientists for their research in various fields of technology and the social sciences.

Professor Maaza was honored for his nanotechnology research in South Africa where he runs a research center in Pretoria, while Professor Miller was recognized in the category of Earth and Life Sciences.

Prof. Miller has carried out world-class research on peptide regulators of reproductive hormones. His research opened up market for the primary treatment of prostate cancer, precocious puberty (the sole treatment), hormone-dependent diseases in woman such as endometriosis and for In Vitro Fertilization. Since 2016, he is the Director of the Center of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Pretoria.

Prof. Maaza is the pioneer and the architect of nano-sciences and nanotechnology in Africa. His long history in stimulating academic excellence and communication between academia, researchers, local communities and society within the continent gained him the international recognition by the UNESCO, which bestowed on him the first South-South Chair: the UNESCO UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology in South Africa.

Prof. Maaza has pioneered and implemented numerous continental and national initiatives such as the African Laser Centre, the Nanosciences African Network, the National Laser Centre of South Africa (NLC SA) and the South African Nanotechnology initiative (SANi).

The prizes were presented to the winners by Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda and incoming President of the African Union and Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Each of the awardees received a cheque of US$100,000 to further boost their research capacity in the fields of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation and Life and Earth Sciences.

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