We wish Dr Pallave Dasari a warm congratulations on being named as one of 30 Super Stars of STEM (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The award was announced this week by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos.
Pallave is a breast cancer researcher in A/Prof Wendy Ingman’s lab at the University of Adelaide, based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Pallave has worked tirelessly behind the scenes of INFORMD. She played a big role in helping to organise the public awareness campaign we ran last year, was a co-author of our article in The Conversation, and helped put together our website. She also got our social media up and running by setting up our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Superstar award is coordinated by Science and Technology Australia, who will be working with these dynamic scientists and technologists to create role models for young women and girls, smash stereotypes, and carve out a more diverse face for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 300 applicants vied for a spot to be a Superstar, with the successful candidates being equipped through the program with advanced communication skills and providing them with the opportunities to use them - in the media, on the stage, and in speaking with decision-makers.
It is wonderful Pallave’s hard work has been recognised by this award and we look forward to hearing more from this Superstar in the future. Congratulations again!
Dense-breasted women dilemma
INFORMD in the news - October 2016
October marks international breast cancer awareness month. This year, an alliance of Australian breast cancer researchers launched INFORMD to raise awareness about the importance of breast density in the prevention and diagnosis of breast cancer.
Associate Professor Wendy Ingman speaks about the launch of the INFORMD campaign and how breast density matters.
Following a mammogram, Pip Brennen from Western Australia, learned she had dense breasts. Like many women, she did not know what this meant. Currently, Western Australia is the only state which requires reporting on breast density.
9 News spoke to Pip and INFORMD founder Professor Jennifer Stone from the University of Western Australia about the importance of women being informed about their breast density.
In other news, INFORMD founder Professor John Hopper from the University of Melbourne was interviewed by 7 News. His research team has developed a new way to interpret mammograms to predict which women have a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Melbourne scientists breakthrough to predict which women will develop breast cancer
INFORMD was also featured in The Conversation and news.com.au.
That's all for October, but check back next month for more news.
By the INFORMD alliance
Women with higher breast density for their age are more likely to develop breast cancer. Higher breast density also makes it harder for doctors to detect breast cancer on a mammogram. Currently, Australian women are not routinely tested for and told about their level of breast density when they undergo a mammogram.
The INFORMD alliance are concerned that women in the community are unaware of the importance of high breast density. This October, to coincide with international breast cancer awareness month, they have launched their campaign to inform and empower women.
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