For me to participate in LIYSF was a long journey of study and dedication. First my group was pre-selected at the science fair in the state where I live for this event. Me and my mates went through several selection stages. Until I was the only one selected for the London International Youth Science Forum, and that was one of the happiest days of my life.
The part of the event that I liked the most was visiting the Natural History Museum, where I could see model versions of the biggest reptiles that ever existed on Earth, like the dinosaurs.
I simply loved being in London one of the most beautiful cities in the world in my opinion, I loved the sights I visited especially Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. where I always wanted to visit and until then I had only seen on television. The emotions I felt when I saw these personal monuments is something simply inexplicable.
Summary of my project
The research “Properties of glycolic extract based on the bark of the stem of the neem (Azadirachta indica)” has as main objective, to study the active principles in the bark of the Indian neem stem, and from there, to develop a cream or an ointment that can act effectively in the fight against skin infections. Neem is a plant native to other countries, such as India, Pakistan and Burma, and besides being invasive in Brazil, it is able to release repellent agents that keep away the pollinating insects and is also gradually replacing the native plants of our region, imbalance in Brazilian fauna and flora. Given this, we decided to study it in a more specific way and explore its biological potential. We produced a glocolic extract, diluted in three different concentrations and tested on bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) and fungus (Candida albicans), resulting in an effective action in the control of these pathogens. The product should reach the final consumer with reduced price, since the raw material is low cost and easy to access.