From the need to balance career and research with family commitments, as well as the recognised bias in funding, grants and fellowships, there are numerous reasons why women are still underrepresented in science related fields.
Tackling the challenges currently faced by the global community means the full and equal participation of women in science is more important than ever. Medical research can't reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
Join us online on Tuesday 8 March as we celebrate International Women's Day. Hear the inspiring stories of three of HMRI's leading female researchers - dietetics and nutrition researcher Laureate Professor Clare Collins, stroke researcher Dr Heidi Janssen and gut health researcher Dr Emily Hoedt.
Learn about their work, their passions, the challenges that they’ve faced, and the strengths that they’ve drawn on to overcome them.
When: Tuesday 9 March 2022
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm AESDT
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: Free. Register below to access the Zoom link
Meet our panel
Laureate Professor Clare Collins is the world's most successful and most cited dietitian researcher. She is the 2nd female to be named a Laureate Professor at the University of Newcastle and the first for the Faculty of Health and Medicine. Laureate Professor Collins is committed to improving the world's food and nutrition-related health through innovative approaches.
Her world-leading research has created new technologies to evaluate nutrition and dietary intake. Her work focuses on how improving nutrition, diet quality and food patterns can facilitate improved weight and health across all stages of life and for those with chronic health conditions.
Dr Heidi Janssen is an experienced physiotherapist and researcher fully immersed clinically and academically in the field of stroke recovery and rehabilitation research.
In 2019 she was awarded the inaugural HMRI Women in Medical Research Fellowship to develop a unique, community-based rehabilitation project using activities such as singing, dancing and art to stimulate patient recovery.
As a clinical researcher Dr Janssen works closely with health-care providers to help stroke survivors reconnect with their life prior to falling ill.
Dr Emily Hoedt is an early-career postdoctoral microbiologist and is a member of the Centre of Research Excellence in Digestive Health at the University of Newcastle and HMRI.
Dr Hoedt was awarded her PhD in 2017 from The University in Queensland and since then she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher both within Australia and internationally, with her work published on numerous studies.
Her research experience includes microbiome studies within gastroenterology, probiotic development and microbial/food bioreactors.