The State of Qatar has claimed the bronze medal in the 5th edition of the Korea International Youth Olympiad (KIYO) 2020, which was held remotely by the World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association (WWIEA) to raise awareness about innovation.
The competition took place from Sept. 20 to Oct. 12 with the participation of around 60 countries from all over the world.
The Qatari medal was secured by student Abdul Hadi Jaber Jallab, from Jassim Bin Hamad Secondary School for Boys, for his research titled 'The Effect of Silver Nanoparticles Socks on the Treatment of Diabetic Foot', this came after winning the National Scientific Research Competition organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in cooperation with the Qatar National Research Fund.
The research was based on the substantial increase in the number of diabetes patients from 108 million people in 1980 to more than 422 million people in 2017, according to statistics released by the World Health Organization.
Poor blood circulation and peripheral neuropathy are common complications of diabetes. Moreover, diabetic foot ulcers and resulting infections can potentially lead to amputations and life-threatening complications.
Therefore, the research presented the idea of producing socks impregnated with silver nitrate nanoparticles from a vegetable source. Different concentrations of silver nitrate were mixed with watercress extract to produce silver nanoparticles. The socks impregnated with different concentrations of nanoparticles were placed on a 2mm deep wound made on the foot of diabetic mice to check the time taken for healing.
The objectives of the Korea International Youth Olympiad competition are to foster global leaders through creativity, moral courage and teamwork, foster talents that will lead the creative economy era by developing leadership based on personal strengths and talents, broaden the horizon as a global citizen through the exchange with students from all over the world, and seek out young talents who will lead the future intellectual property society.
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