International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day in 2020, we’re celebrating the achievements, influence and importance of women as pivotal contributors to the lung health research community. All contributions to lung health research are important, but today we pause to celebrate the value of, and opportunities afforded by gender diversity within our lung health community.

Celebrating Gender Diversity in Research

Just 30% of the world’s researchers are women. While a growing number of women are enrolling in STEM courses at the university level retention of women in long-term research careers remains a problem   of A lack of mentorship and other systemic barriers have been identified as key contributors.

Here at Lung Foundation Australia, we’re committed to gender equality in health and medical research. Through our extensive research program, we’re investing in the best and brightest researchers to support discoveries into the prevention, management and ultimately cure for lung disease and lung cancer. In the past five years alone, 65% of successful applicants for our research awards and grants were women.

“Lung Foundation Australia recognises the importance of actively supporting gender diversity in research. It’s not just good policy; it’s vital to the future and productivity of lung research.We have many important and complex questions still to answer; ones which will undoubtedly improve the lives of people living with lung disease. We therefore require the collective intelligence and expertise of diverse research teams to unlock innovation and open the door to new discoveries.” – Lung Foundation Australia Chair, Prof Christine Jenkins AM. 

Help fund a cure 

Lung disease, including chronic respiratory conditions and lung cancer, affects millions of Australians. It is our nation’s second leading cause of death, yet dedicated research is grossly underfunded in Australia.

Lung Foundation Australia funds cutting edge research through a competitive peer reviewed awards program. The program identifies and encourages new, innovative research projects across a broad range of lung disease areas that will in turn contribute to:

  • A deeper understanding of the cause, prevalence and impact of a wide variety of lung diseases.
  • Development of new diagnostic methods and treatment options.
  • Improved outcomes and quality of life for patients.

You can help end the disparity in research investment and support the next generation of Australia’s best and brightest researchers by donating.

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