Trailblazing women immunologists of Australia and New Zealand

Trailblazing Immunologists
L–R: Professor Katharina Gaus, Professor Barbara Heslop, Professor Margaret Baird, Miss Dora Lush, Dr Margaret Holmes and Miss F Eleanor Williams MBE ARRC. The authors were unable to obtain photos of Dr Lucy M Bryce CBE and Dr Hildred Butler. Image: Immunol Cell Biol.

Dr Jess Borger,  Catriona Nguyen-Robertson and Dr James Harris, have published an essay on trailblazing women immunologists of Australia and New Zealand.

The editorial and issue put a spotlight on the groundbreaking work of female immunologist over the last 100 years, as well as highlighting the difficulties/inequity still faced by women in Science and Immunology. The work has received considerable attention on social media. The authors Dr Jess Borger (Central Clinical School), Catriona Nguyen-Robertson (University of Melbourne) and Dr James Harris were inspired by the recent passing of Katarina Gaus (University of NSW).

The special issue and editorial which has captured international attention discusses important contributions to immunology research made by women in Australia and New Zealand over the past 100 years and highlights the difficulties women scientists have faced - and continue to face.

Dr James Harris said, "This is an important read for all immunologists (and scientist and clinicians)" .

See their lively, informative essay in the journal Immunology and Cell Biology, where they have pulled together previously scattered or difficult to locate information to showcase the achievements of these outstanding female immunologists.

Borger JG, Nguyen-Robertson CV, Harris J. Trailblazing women immunologists of Australia and New Zealand. Immunol Cell Biol. 2021 Apr;99(4):338-343. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12454. PMID: 33860547.