Female Saudi scientists at cutting edge of medical research
Significant international research and innovation has been conducted by Saudi women which has benefitted society, both locally and globally. History will embroider their names across various scientific fields.
The unique success of Saudi women in medical and scientific innovations have provided medical treatment for incurable diseases.
The following are among women in scientific and medical fields who have honorably represented Saudi Arabia in many Arab and international scientific forums. They include:
Saudi scientist Ghada Mutlaq Al-Mutairi made a revolutionary discovery for surgery, finding a metal which enables light rays to enter the human body in photons, making it easier to penetrate cells controlling organs, without the patient having to resort to surgery.
Al-Mutairi also developed a device two years ago that can penetrate the body to treat infections without surgery. It has proven successful in treating eye and rheumatoid arthritis in the United States. She continues her research to expand the scope of the device.
Al-Mutairi has been awarded the highest scientific awards for her research, among which was an award to finance research on her device from the HIN Association, considered the largest organization supporting scientific research in the United States.
Dr. Najla Al-Radadi received two medical patents. The first from King Abdel-Aziz City for Science and Technology in the treatment of cancer tumors in August 2017. The invention was in the form of nano particles derived from extracts of Saudi dates.
This novel treatment has no side effects due to lack of toxicity from the natural substances, unlike more expensive chemical methods, which have negative effects.
The second invention dates back to a 2016 patent by the Saudi Patent Office in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The invention contributes to the treatment of cancer by using new compounds with active biological activity in treating some cancerous tumors and their effect on DNA.
Hayat Cindy deciphered the diabetes code and made a stunning discovery in 2013, called "March". It is a small segment about the size of a postage stamp which allows scientists and doctors to understand the chemistry of the human body through pathogens.
The March chip can detect genes that constitute 99.1% of diabetes genes, making it a small and inexpensive diagnostic tool that assists in understanding and treating not only diabetes but also various tumors.
Laila Bint Salem
Dr. Laila Bint Salem is an associate professor and consultant of pulmonary and root canal treatment at King Abdel-Aziz University. She discovered a cure for osteoporosis associated with dental neuritis. Nanotechnology delivers drugs to the affected area using new substances that have not been used before. Experiments have proven both effectiveness of the technique and materials used in the treatment.
Reem Al Khater
Saudi researcher and pediatrician Reem Al-Khater, in collaboration with a Canadian medical team, discovered a cure for a rare neurological disease similar to Parkinson's disease. The cure was discovered only two years subsequent to the disease.
A scientist specializing in nanotechnology with important scientific research translated into many languages
Cindy is a Saudi medical scientist. She is the first Arab woman to receive a doctorate in biotechnology from the University of Cambridge