Cape Town resident, 29, named one of world’s top young scientists

Cape Town resident, 29, named one of world’s top young scientists

- 29-year-old Shireen Mentor hails from Montevideo in Cape Town

- She was selected to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

- She was among 600 scientists from around the world

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A 29-year-old South African academic was recently named one of the world's best young scientists, according to a News24 report.

Shireen Mentor, from Montevideo in Cape Town, attended the prestigious 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held in Germany in June, Briefly.co.za learned.

The Academy of Science of South Africa chose Shireen alongside five other brilliant female scientists to attend the event.

The Lindau Meeting brings together 600 top intellectuals, including Nobel Laureates, from around the world every year to discuss physiology and medicine.

Shireen is a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape's Medical Biosciences Department. She's also pursuing a doctorate degree at the same institution.

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In an interview, she said her doctoral research focuses on substance abuse and how it affects the brain. It was inspired by the high levels of drug abuse in her neighbourhood.

Shireen said, "I’m looking forward to learning more about how my research may one day be able to make a meaningful contribution to treating addiction.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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