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To mark International Women’s Day, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) will celebrate women’s contributions to science and support the role of women in science by hosting the IARC International Women’s Day Symposium 2019
Nine leading female scientists speak about their experiences, how they have evolved over their careers, and the institutional and personal factors that have influenced them.

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Presentations

Dr Linda S. Birnbaum [remote], Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA
Title: My career: a winding road


Dr Linda S. Birnbaum is the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the United States National Institutes of Health, and the director of the National Toxicology Program.

Dr Birnbaum’s research focuses on the pharmacokinetic behaviour of environmental chemicals, mechanisms of action of toxicants including endocrine disruption, and linking of real-world exposures to health effects.
Dr Ophira Ginsburg Director of the High-Risk Cancer Program, New York University
Dr Ophira Ginsburg Director of the High-Risk Cancer Program, New York University
Title: Recognizing gender bias


Dr Ginsburg is a medical oncologist and global women’s health researcher with technical and policy expertise in noncommunicable diseases prevention and management. She is the Director of the High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program and Associate Professor in the Section for Global Health, Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine.

The overarching aim of her work is to improve equitable access to early detection for breast and cervical cancer in low-income and middle-income countries. She also conducts public health research to reduce cancer disparities for women in underserved communities in North America.

She speaks about some of the issues raised during IARC’s International Women’s Day Symposium – notably, the importance of recognizing, raising awareness of, and addressing gender bias.
Dr Ashrafun Nessa [remote], Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangladesh
Title: Walking towards light


Dr Ashrafun Nessa works in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), which was known as the Institute of Postgraduate Medical Research (IPGMR) until 1998.

Dr Nessa has been the focal point of the Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Programme of the Government of Bangladesh since 2004, helping to develop screening and colposcopy clinics.
Dr Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health.
Dr Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health
Title: Closing the gender gap in public health


Dr Roopa Dhatt is a physician by training and an advocate by principle, striving for greater health and well-being for all people through working in global health. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of Women in Global Health (@womeningh #WomeninGH), a movement that strives to bring greater gender equality to global health leadership.

She serves on the Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGS) Advisory Board; the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference Steering Committee; the Global Health 50-50 Advisory Council, Global Health Council Advisory Council, and the GlobeMed Advisory Board.

As part of IARC’s International Women’s Day Symposium, she presented ways to close the gender gap in public health. In this interview, she gives the main messages.
Dr Rashmi Sinha [remote], Senior Investigator, National Cancer Institute, USA
Title: Be your own advocate


Dr Rashmi Sinha is a Senior Investigator at the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch and the Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, United States National Cancer Institute.

Dr Sinha’s research goal is to explain the complex role of diet in cancer etiology using an interdisciplinary approach that integrates biological mechanisms with epidemiological studies. She is actively working on the involvement of the microbiome in the gastrointestinal system.
Dr Shirin Heidari, President of GENDRO & Senior Research Fellow, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Dr Shirin Heidari, President of GENDRO & Senior Research Fellow, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Title: Barriers to gender equality in research and science


Dr Shirin Heidari is a Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Senior Technical Consultant on Gender and Health, at the World Health Organization, Gender, Equity and Human Rights Unit. She is also the founding president of GENDRO, an association with the mission to advance gender-sensitive research.

Most recently, Dr Heidari was the Executive Director of Reproductive Health Matters (RHM), and Editor-in-Chief of its peer-reviewed journal.

Following her presentation at IARC’s International Women’s Day Symposium 2019, she spoke briefly about barriers to gender inequality in research & science, as well as implicit gender biases.
Dr Lindsay Morton [remote], Senior Investigator, National Cancer Institute, USA
Title: Think globally. Act locally


Dr Lindsay Morton is a Senior Investigator at the United States National Cancer Institute, which awarded her scientific tenure in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics in 2015.

Dr Morton’s research focuses on investigating treatment-related malignancies in cancer survivors. She investigates radiotherapy, systemic therapy, and potential modification of treatment-related malignancy risks by inherited genetic variants.


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