Neuroscientist wins Suffrage Science Award
Professor Catherina Becker has been recognised by an award that honours women in science.
Organised by the Medical Research Council, the awards are presented to ten female scientists and science communicators at the Royal Academy in London to mark International Women’s Day (8 March).
Uniting women in science
The Suffrage Science Awards were established to commemorate, promote and unite women across science and engineering.
Prof Becker was nominated by a winner from last year and will inherit a piece of jewellery from a previous winner.
The heirlooms, handcrafted and designed by Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, were inspired by the jewellery awarded to women of the Suffrage movement in recognition of their campaign for equal voting rights.
Motor neuron research
Professor Catherina Becker is Director of the University’s Centre for Neuroregeneration. Her research investigates how specialised nerve cells called motor neurons can be repaired or regenerated.
It is hoped that better understanding of these mechanisms will lead to new treatments for spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases, such as motor neuron disease.