Mozhgan Savabieasfahani

Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani is an environmental toxicologist, originally from Iran, residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Her research focuses particularly on birth defects due to war chemicals in Iraq. 

WINNER 2015:

Mozhgan Savabieasfahani

Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani has been awarded the Rachel Carson prize for 2015 for her intensive work to improve public awareness on the devastating effects of war on the environment and on public health.

In particular Dr. Savabieasfahani has brought public attention to the increase in levels of birth defects in Iraq and how these defects can be associated with chemical contamination during the 2003 war.

Dr. Savabieasfahani, originally from Iran, is an environmental toxicologist, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. She is a dedicated scientist who has published extensively in scientific journals, within the field of environmental toxicology. In 2009 her book "Pollution and reproductive damage: pollution induced cell-death and reproductive damage in fish and mammals" was published.

Dr. Savabieasfahani has watched the conflicts in the Middle East closely. She has a sound scientific approach when dealing with an extremely complex and sensitive research area, and her determination is strong to communicate her findings to the public. In 2014 she was travelling extensively in the U.S. to present work on the investigation of the epidemic of birth defects in Iraq.

"It is more than 10 years since the US-lead war in Iraq was over, but there is still a very high frequency of cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders and embryo defects", says Dr. Savabieasfahani. "Certainly the U.S. should be held responsible to cleanup its bases in Iraq", she says. "This would reduce the catastrophic damage inflicted upon Iraq's newborns, which is already reminiscent of that in Vietnam. Today, after 40 years, the U.S. is helping clean dioxin contaminated hot spot in Da Nang Airport in Vietnam. Why wait for decades? Cleanup now and save millions of people from years of devastation and pain", says Dr. Savabieasfahani.

The prize will be presented in the evening of 3rd June, at Stavanger Culture House, Sølvberget, by Ms. Bjørg Tysdal Moe, Deputy Mayor of Stavanger. The award ceremony is part of the City of Stavanger's celebrations of World Environment Day.

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