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Women and Girls in Science

To celebrate International Women's Day 2021 we're featuring some of our inspirational researchers and academics at the Faculty of Population Health Sciences.
Dr Rochelle Burgess

Dr Rochelle Burgess

Dr Rochelle Burgess is Director of the MSc in Global Health and Development and UCL’s Global Network on Mental Health and Child Marriage. She co-hosts UCL's newest podcast, 'Public Health Disrupted'. 

Professor Jugnoo Rahi

Professor Jugnoo Rahi

Professor Jugnoo Rahi (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) has been featured in a book of inspirational women by the British Medical Association (BMA) to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021. 

Professor Lorraine Sherr

Professor Lorraine Sherr

Professor Lorraine Sherr (UCL Institute for Global Health) has been made an MBE for services to vulnerable children and families.

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) leads the 'COVID-19 Social Study', a longitudinal study into the psychological and social impact of the pandemic involving over 95,000 adults in the UK.

Dr Gwyneth Davies

Dr Gwyneth Davies

Dr Gwyneth Davies (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) has been awarded a prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for her research into Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Professor Anna David

Professor Anna David

Professor Anna David, Director of the Institute for Women's Health, has led a team of UCL researchers and NHS clinicians to operate on the damaged spinal cords of babies in the womb, in what are the first surgeries of their kind in the UK.

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul

A national initiative has been launched by a group of senior female Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority researchers, including UCL’s Professor Monica Lakhanpaul (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health), to explore the impact of Covid-19 on people from BAME groups.

Professor Dame Anne Johnson

Professor Dame Anne Johnson

Professor Dame Anne Johnson has been elected as the new President of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. She is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Co-Director of UCL Health of the Public. 

Bianca De Stavola

Professor Bianca De Stavola

Bianca De Stavola, Professor of Medical Statistics at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, has been awarded the 2021 Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Bradford Hill Medal for her outstanding contribution to the development of statistics.

International Women's Day event highlights

open water swimming

Panel discussion: Open Water Swimming
08 March 2021, 8:00 pm–9:30 pm


A growing number of women are turning to open water swimming to enjoy a vibrant community, getting back to nature and the health benefits. We will talk to some inspiring women who can tell us all about it.

Race & Reproduction Event

Panel discussion: Race & Reproduction
08 March 2021, 1:00 pm–2:15 pm

This event brings together four amazing women from minority backgrounds who will be discussing baby loss, infertility, female genital mutilation, periods, pain and pelvic floor. 

Lola Solebo

#IWD2021 at the GOS Institute of Child Health
08 March 2021–12 March 2021

The GOS Institute of Child Health has scheduled three fantastic events inspired by the theme #ChooseToChallenge, from balancing childcare and work during the pandemic and race equality.


Past talks by our brilliant Women in Science

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Shining a gender lens on global health

Professor Sarah Hawkes, co-director of the gender equality in health initiative, ‘Global Health 50/50’, presents her research on the relationship between gender and health.

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Vaccination: can we learn from the past to inform the future?

Helen Bedford, Professor of Child Health at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, discusses the use of vaccination programmes to control infectious diseases.
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Tech to improve lives: the Contraception Choices website

Dr Julia Bailey, Senior Researcher at the UCL eHealth Unit, explores women’s views and experiences of contraception, and the potential of digital health in promoting informed choice.