Dr. Laurie Glimcher, the 2014 North American recipient of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards
On March 19th the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO presented the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to five outstanding female scientists, each representing a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men. The 2014 North American recipient is Dr. Laurie Glimcher, a worldwide pioneer and leader in the field of immunology, who is being honored for discovering key factors involved in controlling immune response in allergies and in autoimmune, infectious and malignant diseases. Her findings are paving the way for the development of new treatments for allergies, asthma, multiple sclerosis, childhood diabetes and cancer.
Named one of the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain’s NY Business in 2013, and admired for her limitless energy and risk-taking, Dr. Glimcher is perceived as a woman “who has it all,” though she says balancing motherhood with a research career is among the most difficult issues she faces and one that is faced by women scientists everywhere. After having taught at Harvard for more than 30 years, Laurie was named the very first female Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and since has vowed to recruit several dozen top physician-scientists and researchers to the school.
She attributes her passion, success and carrying of the “scientist torch” to mentorship and self-confidence, severely lacking among girls and women, and supports the same commitment as L’Oréal – to mentor the next generation of scientists. Dr. Glimcher hopes girls and young women who aspire to become scientists hear about the For Women in Science award and break gender and scientific barriers alike to achieve their potential.
Here’s a video to give you a better sense of Dr. Glimcher’s personality, and her goals of changing the face of science around the world: