Melanoma Institute Australia celebrates International Women's Day
8 March 2017
To celebrate International Women's Day, we're sharing how some of the women who inspire the way we work every day, are showing their commitment to accelerate gender parity.
Meet Danielle Fischer, our Science Communications Specialist.
"I wanted my career to make a difference to people, and I always had a passion for science, so studying Medical Science at uni was the obvious choice. After a few years working in the lab, I decided I enjoyed talking about research rather than actually doing it! And so by accident, I stumbled into Science Communications – a field I never knew existed while studying. It’s the perfect mix for me and I enjoy translating complex medical research for the general public to appreciate. I particularly like translating research that gives hope to patients."
This is Tuba Nur Gide, PhD student and winner of NSW National Council of Women Australia Day Award for her research focused on the role of immunotherapies in melanoma.
"My parents raised me to work hard, be independent and do well academically – they value education very highly. I think that’s why even as a little girl, I knew that I wanted to pursue completing a PhD, in whatever field of study I would end up choosing.
Having been awarded a PhD Scholarship from MIA two years in a row now is an opportunity that I am truly humbled by. Knowing people close to me that have been affected by cancer drives me even further to do the very best that I can.
I believe that it’s really important for females to have equal opportunity. All women should be valued as individuals. We’re strong, we’re smart and no one should push us around. Careers shouldn’t be defined by your gender and I hope that in the future, education opportunities offered to young boys and girls are free of gender bias or sexism.”
Maria Gonzalez, Clinical Trials Manager here at MIA.
"I completed an undergraduate degree in nursing at The University of Sydney and further postgraduate studies in health science. I am fortunate to have accessed training and education which has enabled me to pursue a career combining both cancer care and clinical research.
Women make up about 90% of Australia’s nursing workforce and play a pivotal role in clinical care and research. Today I will be bold and celebrate the valuable contribution and achievements of all nurses in the fight against cancer."
The 2021 Australasian Melanoma Conference (AMC2021) will held in Sydney, Australia.
A re-cap of the wonderful, and often very creative, community fundraising initiatives over the April to June quarter.
Our patients who donate their tissue samples and records to our research are helping to make a difference to the lives of future melanoma patients.
MIA researchers have recently been awarded two competitive funding grants, which will help facilitate their ground-breaking work in melanoma research.
Melanoma survivor Matt Kean is doing a 1000km bike ride around the Riverina this October, to increase awareness of melanoma and raise funds for Amie St Clair Melanoma - MIA. There are many ways you can be part of this life-changing ride!
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Amie St Clair Melanoma at the Annual Ball in Wagga Wagga!
Riverina patients gain access to potentially life saving immunotherapy treatment close to home.
MIA's Prof Scolyer has been appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.
In a breakthrough which could extend to the treatment of other cancers, a new immune checkpoint inhibitor has proven effective in helping save the lives of advanced melanoma patients.
Whilst our research and clinical teams are trialling new treatments to save lives, it is our nurses who are on the front line providing care and support.
The easing of COVID restrictions has meant the return of community events, and we recognise the generous support of our community fundraisers.
Melanoma patients and their carers are being urged to participate in a ground-breaking survey which will shape the future of melanoma treatment, research, support and funding in Australia.
We have been buoyed by the wonderful support for our Melanoma March campaign, and our mission to cover Australia in footprints continues into April!
There was a wonderful feeling of community support amongst the melanoma patients, families and friends at the WA Melanoma Community Form.
The Price family has decided to share their story to inspire Australians to support research into new melanoma treatments.
New research has provided evidence in favour of a structured skin surveillance program for high-risk melanoma patients.
Melanoma research saved Bert's life at 101 and now he wants to give back.
A new MIA online risk calculator for clinicians can determine the likelihood of thin melanoma spreading.