International Women’s Day: celebrating the women who help bring us closer to the cancer cures!

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements for International Women’s Day.

Here, at the ACRF, we want to acknowledge the amazing and inspirational women who are on our Board of Trustees and our world-class Medical Research Advisory Committee (MRAC) and showcase their fantastic work.

Each of these women is not only extremely successful in their field but are also helping us inch ever closer towards finding the cancer cures through their involvement with the ACRF.

Jennifer Hewett: Jennifer has been an ACRF Director since September 20, 2012. She is a business and political journalist and is currently the National Affairs Columnist at the Australian Financial Review.

Professor Michelle Haber AM, BSc (Psych) (Hons), PhD, Hon DSc UNSW: Professor Haber was appointed to the MRAC in 2012. She is the Executive Director of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia in Sydney. Additionally she is the Conjoint Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW.

Professor Jennifer Stow, BSc (Hons), PhD: Professor Stow was appointed to the MRAC in 2009. She is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and the Deputy Director for Research and Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience located in the University of Queensland.

Associate Professor Connie Trimble, MD: Professor Trimble was appointed to the MRAC in 2014 and is one of the first international members of our committee. Professor Trimble is the Associate Professor of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Oncology at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA. She is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Professor Emma Whitelaw: Professor Whitelaw was appointed to the MRAC in 2012. She is an NHMRC Australia Fellow as well as the Director of the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences.

Each of these women have done amazing work with the ACRF and is a massive inspiration to young women looking for mentors in leading roles. We’re extremely proud to work with these women on a regular basis and thank them all very much for their dedication to cancer research in Australia.