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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Historically science and research were dominated by men.  Francis Crick and James Watson are commonly known to have discovered the structure of DNA but the important work of Rosalind Franklin that aided this discovery is often overlooked.

Today more and more women are obtaining PhDs, post-doctoral positions and becoming very successful research group leaders.  In fact, Worldwide Cancer Research is currently funding 49 internationally renowned female group leaders all around the world from Dr Meredith O’Keeffe in Australia to Dr Irene Bijnsdorp in the Netherlands and Dr Nuría Malats in Spain to name just a few.  We are proud to fund both eminent and up and coming researchers. Almost two thirds of the grants we have funded to allow researchers to set up their own groups, have been awarded to women.

“If it hadn't been for this Worldwide Cancer Research grant, I would probably be quitting science,” Dr Anna Git told us upon hearing her grant application had been successful. This grant has enabled her to become an independent researcher and set up her own group.  Funding for research is getting harder and harder to obtain, and the Worldwide Cancer Research funding rate has never been lower. So it is even more remarkable that Dr Git has managed this feat whilst working part-time.  We caught up with her today, on the International Women’s Day  and you can read our blog to find out more.