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Georgina Such receives L’Oréal Women in Science Fellowship

Dr Georgina Such (credit: L’Oréal Australia/sdpmedia.com.au)

Congratulations to Dr Georgina Such, Research Fellow with the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who has received a 2011 L’Oréal Australia Women in Science Fellowship, for her research into nanomaterials for smarter drug delivery.

Dr Such was one of three L’Oréal Women in Science Fellows announced on Tuesday August 23, 2011 at a ceremony held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The other Fellowship recipients were  Eve McDonald-Madden from the University of Queensland, who is using mathematics and artificial intelligence to make effective conservation decisions with limited information, and Tracy Ainsworth from James Cook University, who is investigating the complex life of coral.

Dr Such has been acknowledged for her work in developing more efficient and effective therapies for disease. She is working on a drug delivery system, consisting of a miniscule capsule, designed with multi-layers, that targets diseased cells, leaving healthy cells intact, with the potential to drastically reduce the harmful side-effects of toxic drugs, such as chemotherapy in cancer treatment. For further details about Dr Such’s research read “A smarter way to deliver drugs”, available from the L’Oréal in Science Fellowships web site, or view the video.

The L’Oréal Fellowships are designed to support talented women, ensuring they maintain a career in science and continue to make a positive contribution to society. The Fellowships highlight a worldwide challenge of maintaining women in science, and operate in parallel with the efforts of other influential bodies, such as UN Women Australia, the Australian Academy of Science and the CSIRO, who have all been working to promote highly skilled women within science and engineering, and increase incentives encouraging women to return to the workforce after maternity.

Johan Berg, Managing Director of L’Oréal Australia, recognises the challenge that women with science and engineering careers face when they begin a family and said that he hopes these Fellowships will support these women during the most challenging part of their career.

“Australia is losing its top young scientists, and not to better salaries overseas. Instead, they are dropping out of science and engineering in their thirties as they try to balance building a competitive science career with building a family,” Mr Berg said.

Dr Such said that the Fellowship will allow her to attend international conferences, with her one-year-old daughter, ensuring she can also be ‘a good mum’, at the same time as keeping her connection with the scientific community alive.

“This Fellowship is going to help me take the next step in my career and to start my own research group”, Dr Such said.

“I hope in the next 10 to 20 years, we will see a whole suite of carriers which can take drug delivery to the next level and get us around some of the nasty side-effects and customise for individuals,” she said.

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