Supporting International Women’s Day 2015

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We appreciate all the researchers here at Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) who tirelessly dedicate their lives to finding causes & cures for some of the most deadly childhood diseases today. This March 8th 2015 – International Women’s Day, we extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all our female scientists.

CMRI has a long history of encouraging female researchers and today 56% of scientists are women and in fact, 57% of all CMRI staff are female!

Here are just a few of the incredible discoveries our female researchers have unearthed in their mission to find cures and rid our future of childhood diseases…

Associate Professor Tracy Bryan’s 1995 discovery of the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres mechanism (ALT) has opened the gates to who whole new field of research which could potentially lead to finding treatments for 15% of cancers!

Dr Hilda Pickett’s identification of key differences in cancer cells which has led to a better understanding of how these cells grow. Understanding this can potentially lead us to working out how we can prevent from multiplying & spreading.

To those mentioned above – a huge congratulations! And for all our female researchers & members of staff who tirelessly dedicate their time to work towards a future free of childhood diseases – THANK YOU!

If you would like more information of how you can support the CMRI or are perhaps interested in joining one of the teams here, head over to our website where you will find more information www.cmri.org.au

Interesting Fact: Elizabeth Blackburn, an Australian woman, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine for her part in the discovery of telomerase, which is what allows cells to divide and the body to grow, but which can also cause cancer.

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