5 Oct 2021

STEMM the flow: More work needed to support women in medical research

by Dr Jessica Borger, Central Clinical School and Professor Louise Purton, head of the Stem Cell Regulation Unit at St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research

Federal government investment in the National and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has remained unchanged in recent years, which, together with newly-revised funding schemes, have resulted in a reduction in the number of successfully-funded research projects.

The funding uncertainty across Australia’s medical researchers has serious consequences for those most impacted by inequity, including early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs), and women.

In response to the recent release of the outcomes of one of these schemes, the Investigator Grants, we analysed if enough has been done to help support and retain women in medical research.

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