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Welsh Woman of the Year Awards

21 November 2008

A record number of University staff members have been shortlisted for prestigious awards celebrating the achievements of inspiring women in Wales.

The four talented staff members - Dr Emma Kidd, Professor Meena Upadhyaya, Dr Isabelle Durance, and Professor Judith Hall - are nominated across three diverse categories for Welsh Woman of the Year awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering black tie event taking place at the Cardiff International Arena this Friday (21 November).

Dr Emma Kidd, a lecturer in Pharmacology at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, has been shortlisted for the Woman in Science and Technology Award for her active involvement in scientific research. Alongside her teaching and administrative roles at the School, Dr Kidd led a team of researchers who developed an antibody with the potential to reduce production of one of the main brain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Also in the running for the Woman in Science and Technology Award is Professor Meena Upadhyaya. Based at the Institute of Medical Genetics, Professor Upadhyaya has gained international recognition for her research into inherited neurological disorders. She also serves as head of the NHS Research and Development laboratory at the University Hospital of Wales and is actively involved in raising the profile of deprived Asian women in the UK.

Dr Isabelle Durance has been nominated for the Most Effective Returner to the Workplace Award in recognition of her return to research following a series of career breaks to raise four children. She is the recent recipient of a Daphne Jackson Fellowship which supports her in her current role in the School of Biosciences where she undertakes research into the ecological impact of climate change.

Professor Judith Hall, head of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine at the School of Medicine, is a finalist in the Woman in the Community category for her work as founder of Mothers of Africa, an educational charity set up in response to maternal mortality figures in Sub-Saharan Africa. The charity has already sent teams from Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales to Benin, Togo, Liberia and Ethiopia.

The Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year Awards is an annual event aiming to promote the role of women in the workplace and in every sector of society.