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SAL­TER Point res­i­dent and UWA Re­search As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Melinda Fitzger­ald has been se­lected to take part in a 21-day boat trip to Antarc­tica.

UWA Re­search As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Melinda Fitzger­ald and Amanda Blythe, of Carlisle, along with fel­low UWA par­tic­i­pants San­dra Kerbler and Ghis­laine Platell, have been se­lected to take part in a 21day boat trip to Antarc­tica as part of the Home­ward Bound pro­gram.

They are among only 78 women from around the globe who have been se­lected in the ini­tia­tive for women sci­en­tists to build a global col­lab­o­ra­tion and em­power women to re­dress the gen­der im­bal­ance.

It is the start of a 10-year out­reach to build a 1000-strong global col­lab­o­ra­tion of women in sci­ence.

Prof. Fitzger­ald, of Sal­ter Point, leads a team of nine re­searchers and post-grad­u­ate stu­dents and is fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing and pre­vent­ing the spread of dam­age fol­low­ing neu­ro­trauma by quan­ti­fy­ing bio­chem­i­cal and struc­tural changes in vul­ner­a­ble tis­sue.

She is us­ing the knowl­edge to de­velop treat­ment strate­gies, in­clud­ing com­bi­na­to­rial phar­ma­cother­apy and nan­otech­nol­ogy de­liv­ery sys­tems.

She said the ex­pe­di­tion would be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to step up to the next level.

“Women sci­en­tists ex­pe­ri­ence par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges as they progress into lead­er­ship roles,” she said.

“I hope that the Home­ward Bound ex­pe­ri­ence will give me the skills and pro­fes­sional net­work re­quired to in­flu­ence pol­icy and de­ci­sion-mak­ing to over­come some of th­ese chal­lenges and en­sure women are equally rep­re­sented at the high­est lev­els of sci­ence.”

Home­ward Bound will de­part Ushuaia in Ar­gentina for Antarc­tica on De­cem­ber 2.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d444577

Pro­fes­sor Melinda Fitzger­ald.

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