FOEDRC member Dr. Isabella Grumbach chairs AHA leadership committee

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Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD, FAHA, professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and Vice Chair for Research, now serves as Chair of the American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC).

“We organize several events at the AHA scientific meetings, including a poster competition for graduate students and postdocs and the Mentor of Women luncheon that usually sells out,” Grumbach said, providing some examples of WLC’s efforts. “We also honor someone on the AHA who has been a particularly strong advocate for women.” This year’s honor went to Dr. Nancy Webb of the University of Kentucky, program chair of last month’s ATVB Vascular Discovery meeting in Boston.

For twenty years, the ATVB WLC has encouraged excellence among women in cardiac science and academic medicine. Through events, meetings, networking forums and more, the WLC “is committed to fostering fellowship and promoting excellence among women in science and academic medicine. The WLC encourages the advancement of women’s scientific careers at all stages, promotes the visibility and engagement of women in ATVB activities, meetings and leadership, and provides forums for professional networking to cultivate collaboration within and outside the ATVB Council. The WLC also honors outstanding junior women for scholarly and research excellence, and established scientists for exemplary achievement in mentorship of women.”


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