International Women's Day: Facing the challenge to #BreakTheBias

04 March 2022
International Women's Day

Today on this International Women's Day we are recognising the incredible achievements of women in all of their diversities. This day of celebration is also a day of action, where we can raise awareness about the inequalities faced by women and girls and acknowledge what needs to be done.

This year we are being challenged to break the bias and imagine a gender equal world. We've spoken to some of the women across Kids Research, including Kids Neuroscience Centre and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, to understand why it is so important and to see how they are achieving it.



Dr Paula Bray

Dr Paula Bray is the Acting Director of Research for the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN). She works to lead, monitor and evaluate research ensuring careful alignment with SCHN strategic and operational plans and is responsible for leading research strategy, research governance, policy and operations. Read more









Dr Michelle Lorentzos

Dr Michelle Lorentzos is a paediatric neurologist, with a particular interest in finding treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She also works in the very exciting area of clinical trials and has recently been appointed Clinical Trials Lead at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Read more









Associate Professor Wendy Gold

Wendy Gold is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and a Neurobiologist based in the Kids Neuroscience Centre, Kids Research. She teaches third year Medical Science students and leads a research team focused on finding cures for children with genetic disorders. Read more








Sarah Alshammery

Sarah Alshammery is a PhD student at the University of Sydney, who is based at the Kids Neuroscience Centre, Kids Research. Her role involves investigating the immune response and epigenetics in children with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Read more











Dr Ketaki Sharma

Dr Ketaki Sharma is a staff specialist at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), whose role involves anything and everything relating to vaccines. She helps summarise the latest evidence on COVID-19 vaccines for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Read more







Kiya Shipley

Kiya Shipley is an Aboriginal Population Health Trainee (APHTI), currently working with the team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) in the Surveillance Coverage Evaluation and Social Science (SuCESS) team. Read more














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