Female scientists from Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research received more than $300,000 in awards during the seventh annual Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM – pronounced “awesome”) luncheon to celebrate and support excellence and achievements of women in science. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $1 million to support female scientists.
AWSM was created to highlight opportunities and collaboration among female scientists at the Feinstein Institute. AWSM comprises female faculty members who lead programs in basic, translational and clinical research. The four core initiatives of AWSM are in the areas of career development, recognition, advocacy and education, networking and mentoring.
“A main initiative for AWSM is to empower women in science and medicine to achieve their career and research goals,” said Kim Simpfendorfer, PhD, assistant professor at the Feinstein Institute and co-president of AWSM. “AWSM’s initiatives empower women to obtain financial support to grow their scientific career while making important connections which could lead to future scientific collaboration. This is all with the goal of continuing to conduct important research to help to improve the lives of patients locally and across the globe.”
Director of decision science in the Feinstein Institute’s Center for Health Innovation and Outcomes Research, and recipient of AWSM’s 2017 Alonna and Michael Ostad Innovation Award, Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH, spoke at the event, which was moderated by ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Jennifer Ashton, MD.
“The financial and career support of organizations like AWSM are critical to continuing my research to make sure doctors, critically ill patients and families make the most informed and unbiased decisions about their treatment options to obtain the best outcomes,” said Dr. Hajizadeh.
This year, donors contributed more than $300,000 toward AWSM awards that were distributed during the lunch to female scientists of all professional or training levels. Each award, ranging from $1,500 to $25,000, recognized scientific excellence, innovation, mentorship, education and/or training. A select few of the scientists honored at this event include:
Meggan Mackay, MD, MS – Winner of the 2018 Barbara and Thomas Dooley Scientific Achievement Award, In Honor of Buddy Norris
Recognized for her work: Development of non-immunosuppressive non-psychotropic therapeutics for the neuropsychiatric lupus patients.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York. Home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the Feinstein Institute includes 4,000 researchers and staff who are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity, and bioelectronic medicine – a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. For more information about how we empower imagination and pioneer discovery, visit FeinsteinInstitute.org.
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