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Iranian Scientist Wins Prize

Iranian Scientist Wins PrizeIranian Scientist Wins Prize

An Iranian scientist Mehdi Balali-Mood has won the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Hague Award. Balali-Mood has dedicated himself to treating victims of chemical warfare and served as an educator of the medical impact of chemical weapons. He has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and OPCW in the development of international response guidelines alongside victim advocacy, ISNA reports. Another winner was Alistair Hay, from the UK, who has served as an expert in the toxic characteristics of chemical warfare agents. Balali-Mood has promoted ethics and the peaceful use of chemical and biological sciences. He has also supported the development of international codes of practice. This award honors individuals, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that have contributed to the global mission of eliminating chemical weapons. Both awardees will be presented a medal at the OPCW headquarters located in The Hague, Netherlands, on Nov. 30. Each will receive a medal, certificate of merit and €45,000 in cash.