The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) interviewed Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Chair of Applied Neuroimaging, Head of Neuroimaging Sciences & Director of Edinburgh Imaging at the University of Edinburgh, for International Women's Day, #IWD2017.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
How did you become involved in academic research and why?
- I am naturally curious and was motivated by research questions.
What’s the best thing about your job?
- The variety and challenge.
What has been the highlight of your career in academic research?
- So far, taking thrombolysis for stroke from number 1 contraindication to licenced routine treatment worldwide.
Why should more women get involved with academic research?
- We are thorough, honest, less liable to hubris and more likely to produce reliable results.
What advice would you give to women considering a career in academic research?
- Go for it. Start as early as you can. Take every change to get relevant research training. Do projects, no matter how small. Publish. Keep at it and never give up.
Is there a woman you look up to or is inspirational in academic research? And if so why?
- Interesting. I have never thought about that. Any woman who makes a major contribution to advancing science deserves recognition and is inspirational, but most women are too busy getting on with the work and are not very good at self promotion so they are less well known than their male counterparts. I spend more time thinking about the many women down the ages who have made major contributions to science or art or politics but who are mostly forgotten.