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Amel Sami wins Esther Unsung Hero Award 2021


Amel Sami, a PhD student at Teagasc Moorepark & University College Cork, was recently awarded the Esther Ireland Unsung Hero Award for 2021. This award is presented to individuals who have shown consistent and unshakable commitment to health partnerships between Irish institutions & counterparts

This award is presented to individuals who have shown consistent and unshakeable commitment to health partnerships between Irish institutions and their counterparts in low- and middle-income countries.

Ireland - Sudan Partnerhip

APC Microbiome Ireland and the National Ribat University in Sudan, Africa have joined together under ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships to introduce microbiome science, training, and infrastructure in Sudan. A 5-year Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the two institutes and €18,000 has been granted over the last two years by ESTHER Ireland.

Amel Sami has been one of the team members from Ireland in this partnership and has organised many of the partnership activities. She has also overseen the establishment of the first Sudanese microbiome committee that has created a solid support for microbiome science in Sudan. Now that the partnership is in its third year, there are still many promises ahead and a bright future between the two countries and their respective institutes. Amel Sami, for her dedicated contribution to the partnership has been awarded the Northern partner unsung hero award of 2021 at the most recent 6th ESTHER Ireland partnership forum. 

Amel’s PhD research focuses on the oral microbiome and dentistry, particularly related to the Sudanese population. She is currently completing the final year of her PhD under the supervision of Professor Catherine Stanton at Teagasc Moorepark.

Find out more about the  Food Bioscience Department at Teagasc here and about APC Microbiome Ireland