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Center for Interventional Oncology

NIH Lecture Series: Women Leaders in Academic Research

(Focus on IR, BME, Radiology, Data Science, and Image Guided Oncology)

Prior Lectures

Invited Lectures Series highlighting and honoring women leaders in academic research, especially related disciplines of Interventional Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, Imaging Sciences, Data Science, and Image-Guided Oncology. The honorary lecture series was established as a small effort to help counter the under-representation of women in academic research & the impact of gender disparity and implicit bias on role modeling and mentoring. Monthly topics are open-ended and are geared towards highlighting successful female or other under-represented academic leaders, as role models for trainees.


Monthly series, typically on the 4rd Tuesday of the month at 2pm - 3pm EST (14:00-15:00 EST) live with unlimited streaming via NIH VideoCast. Lectures will be recorded, archived, and available online when permissions allow, accessible at

Topics will be as diverse as our invited speakers, entirely of speaker’s choosing, but the goal is to relate the lecture topic back in some way to mentoring or team science, or demonstrations of exemplary challenges or successes in mentoring. If there are appropriate vignettes or anecdotes on challenges overcome, hurdles, specific mentors or role models, implicit biases, and barriers overcome on pathways towards a successful career, which we are here to honor.

General Topics in 2021:

  • Interventional Radiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology
  • Data Science
  • Image Guided Oncology

Specific Topics in 2021:

  • The Gender Equity Imperative
  • How to Find Mentors
  • What I Overcame to Become Established
  • Cultural Humility
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Developing a Career Brand
  • The Power of Social Media and Sponsorship
  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
  • Branding for Imaging and Biomedical Engineering
  • Mentoring and Early Career Transitional Grants
  • Linking Industry to Data Science
  • Linking Radiology and Engineering to Policy
  • Balancing Work, Family, Industry and Academics
  • Love What You Do and Do What You Love

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The series was initiated by the NIH Center for Interventional Oncology, as a response to several biased papers in the medical literature, in an effort to acknowledge, educate, and address under-representation in role modeling for future stars within our small micro-community. Enthusiasm soon grew to include a broader audience: NIH Radiology & Imaging Sciences, SIR, RSNA, medical students groups, academic institutions, other sectors of NIH, NIH trainees and students, extramural guests, and a diverse set of talented and engaging speakers who share contagious enthusiasm for their work.

Women and others under-represented in leadership positions in academics may report feeling alienated. Capable and impactful contributions need nurturing.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”. – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thanks in advance to speakers for shining light and being a part of the solution!

Welcome 2021!

Brad Wood, MD
Chief Interventional Radiology, CC
Director Center for Interventional Oncology, CC & NCI/CCR
National Institutes of Health

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Prior Lectures:

  • Women Leaders in Academic Research - Keep Calm and Break Glass: The Gender Equity Imperative (watch NIH Videocast)
  • Leading the Way to a Modern Data Ecosystem: Stories of Women (and Men) Making an Impact in Data Science at NIH (watch NIH Videocast)
  • Building New Roads: The Importance of Tenacity, Resilience, and Mentorship (watch NIH Videocast)
  • Team Science: An IR’s Adventures in Academic Medicine

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Mentoring Resources for Women in Biomedical Careers

Mentoring Women in Science - For the Mentor

Mentoring Women in Science - For the Mentee

Mentoring Resources

Two Mentoring Papers from 2012 Science:

NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers

NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Women in Biomedical Careers

Women Scientist Advisors

Career Development & Inter-professional Education

Women Scientists Advisors Initiatives

NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity

The Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series, “Distinguished Women Scientists” at NIH, highlights outstanding research achievements of women scientists at the NIH.

Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic (Jan 27, 2021 at 11am)

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Annual Meeting (Nov 1, 2021, 7am-5pm)

National Research Council. Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007

Francis Collins, Director NIH, Dec 3, 2020:

“NIH strongly supports women scientists at all levels and remains deeply committed to addressing the barriers and inequities that exist to ensure the full participation of women and under-represented groups in the biomedical enterprise. The health of our nation and the world depends on it.”

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This page last updated on 04/23/2021

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