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'Woman of the Year' at Asian Achievers Awards

16 October 2006

Dr Usha Menon (UCL Institute for Women's Health) has won the 'Woman of the Year' category at the Asian Achievers Awards 2006.

A senior lecturer and Director of the Gynaecological Cancer Research Unit, Dr Menon received the award for her contribution to medical research, specifically her role over the past decade in ovarian cancer screening. Dr Menon is a key member of the team that conducted the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer screening. Involving 202,000 women, it is the largest randomised clinical trial ever performed. Dr Menon's hard work, attention to detail, dedication to her patients and innovation in trial management have been an inspiration to everyone involved in the trial.

Dr Menon first came to the UK as a junior doctor to work in Edinburgh before coming to London and making her mark on healthcare and academia in the UK. The award celebrates her strong roots in India and her pride in her training in Vellore where she retains close links.

As guest of honour at the award ceremony, Lord Sebastian Coe emphasised the importance of these awards in recognising the enormous contribution that the Asian community makes in the UK. Dr Menon is a role model not only for the Asian community but also for women generally and for all involved in healthcare and academia.