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      Women in science

      In honour of International Women's Day and all women in science, we held an event at the Royal Institution on 15 March to celebrate the women leading cutting edge biomedical research.

      By: Grace Enright | 05 April 2018

      scientists at the women in science event on 15 March 2018

      According to the UN, less than 30% of the world's scientific researchers are women. This is why Action on Hearing Loss is proud that 77% of the PhD students we’re funding this year are women. We are delighted to support them in their career, and encourage more diversity in the next generation of researchers. We wanted to bring our female philanthropists and researchers together to thank them for their collective impact on the field of hearing research.

      Guests were greeted in the beautiful marble hall of London’s Royal Institution, met with a glass of wine and had the opportunity to mingle with some of the amazing women whose research we fund. Following this, four fantastic speakers presented to our audience.

      Sohaila Rastan

      Firstly, Dr Sohaila Rastan, former Executive Director of Biomedical Research and ongoing ambassador to Action on Hearing Loss introduced the charity and why we fund biomedical research. She then introduced world class geneticist Professor Karen Steel, an Action on Hearing Loss-funded researcher at King's College, London.

      Professor Karen Steel

      Sohaila then introduced Faizah Mustaq, a PhD student at the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, who spoke about her research to find better ways to test how well Cochlear Implants are working in young children using infrared brain imaging.

      Faizah Mustaq

      “It certainly was an evening of empowerment and inspiration, and the knowledge gained from the research being carried out by Karen Steel and Faizah Mustaq is mind-blowing… It has enormous potential to alleviate the distressing consequences of hearing loss.” Margaret, supporter.

      Lastly, loyal supporter Julia Alexander spoke about her connection to the cause and why she supports our biomedical research. It was incredibly moving and we are so grateful to Julia for agreeing to share her story.

      “The evening seemed like a tremendous success and it was wonderful to meet such talented and influential people. My colleague and I felt tremendously inspired by the panel of speakers.” Rasna Mistry, audiologist.

      debate and Q&A at the women in science event

      The audience were then given the chance to ask their burning questions to our panel, and a lively and varied debate in hearing loss research, women in science and the wider work of the charity ensued! We really enjoyed the chance to thank the researchers we fund, and celebrate their incredible work for those with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus.

      Find out more

      You can find out more about the research we’re funding in our biomedical research section. 

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