Addressing the gender bias in neuroscience

The Centre is committed to providing opportunities for women and men to establish and maintain research careers.

This commitment is reflected in the creation of a gender equity policy passed by the our Executive Committee and Advisory Board in August 2015.

Our Gender Equity policy aims to implement changes and initiatives that address the attrition of women at the early and mid-career stage
, and the scarcity of women in senior research leadership positions.

This is a well known problem across the sciences in both academic institutions and business.
For a copy of the policy, please contact us.

Gender Equity Program Coordinator – Professor Sarah Dunlop

dunlopProfessor Dunlop is working with the Centre to help it develop strategies to improve gender diversity in its ranks, and in the wider neuroscience community.

Sarah is Professor; Head of School, Animal Biology; and Head of Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences at the School of Animal Biology, each at The University of Western Australia.

She leads a program of laboratory and clinical research to promote functional recovery after traumatic injury to the nervous system at UWA and Royal Perth Hospital. Her laboratory studies involve preventing the spread of secondary damage after neurotrauma.

The program’s clinical studies include three multi-centre randomised controlled trials, dubbed ‘Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity (SCIPA)’, that involve all 8 spinal units in Australia and New Zealand. These trials are examining novel ways to exercise paralysed limbs to promote neurological recovery and improve health.

A separate multi-centre clinical study — ‘ICED’ or Immediate Cooling and Early Decompression — is looking at treating acute spinal cord injury with immediate hypothermia in the ambulance to buy time and limit secondary damage before emergency surgical decompression.

Sarah also Chairs the Clinical Trials Committee of the Spinal Cord Injury Network.