Our prestigious annual Women in Health lecture highlights the work of leading women in health, research and policy worldwide. The lecture is held in March to coincide with International Women’s Day, and is given by women who have made a significant contribution to global health research and policy during their careers.
Professor Fiona Watt, Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council, will be delivering this year’s lecture. The session will be followed by an informal discussion and Q&A about her career and journey to becoming the Executive Chair of the MRC.
Professor Watt obtained her DPhil, in cell biology, from the University of Oxford and carried out postdoctoral research at MIT. She established her first research group at the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology and then spent 20 years at the CRUK London Research Institute before moving to Cambridge for 5 years. In 2012 she moved to King's College London to found the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. She is internationally recognised for her work on stem cells in healthy and diseased tissues and has a research interest in oral cancer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. She is currently on secondment as Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council.
Previous Women in Health lectures:
- 21 March 2019 - Women in Health with Mahima Datla, Biological E Limited
- 14 March 2018 - Women in Health with Professor Polly Roy, LSHTM
- 9 March 2017 - Women in Health Lecture with Dr Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières
- 25 May 2016 - Women in Health Lecture with Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS
- 10 March 2015 - Women in Science Lecture with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
- 19 March 2014 – Women in Science Lecture with Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England