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Celebrating women in science

The second Tuesday in October is Ada Lovelace Day - an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM. We are embracing Ada Lovelace Day here at Worldwide Cancer Research as we are funding outstanding female researchers all over the world.

These include Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke (pictured above) at Barts Cancer Institute in London, England who is testing a dual combination therapy for pancreatic cancer, which she developed with a previous grant from us.  She explains “This dual approach can improve the delivery of Gemcitabine (a chemotherapy often given to patients) to pancreatic cancer with mutations in a subset of genes.  It also helps the Gemcitabine work more effectively in the cancer cells so that we can reduce its dose and therefore reduce side effects, whilst still improving survival.  I want to extend these studies to pancreatic cancer with other genetic mutations and investigate whether this strategy can improve the effect of other commonly used chemotherapies.  I have high hopes that our data will provide new information that will help us to treat pancreatic cancer better, hopefully in the not too distant future.”

We are pleased to be funding so many women in science and hope that today raises the awareness that is needed to ensure the next generation of scientists contains even more women.