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SMDBS Women's Early Career Academic Network (WeCAN) Seminar - Co-hosted with QUB iRISE

This virtual event focused on the intersection of gender and race in academia, medicine and health sciences.

This event was brought to you as part of the 2021-22 Women's Early Career Academic Network (WeCAN) Seminar Series.  The Gender Equality Committee in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (SMDBS) co-hosted this virtual seminar with QUB iRISE (QUB Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network). 


We were delighted to welcome Professor Helen Minnis, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow as our guest speaker for this event. Professor Minnis was joined by our QUB colleagues, Dr Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Mohd Sarip (SMDBS) and Professor Moira Dean (Institute for Global Food Security).  Our speakers will provide insights into their career pathways to date and will share their personal experiences of the intersection of gender and race in academia, medicine and health sciences. 


Date: Thursday 7 October 2021
Time: 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm
Location: Microsoft Teams
Everyone was welcome!
About our Speakers:
Helen Minnis is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.  She has had a longstanding clinical and research focus on the psychiatric problems of abused and neglected children.  Professor Minnis is conducting several randomised controlled trials of complex interventions for families experiences major challenges, including child abuse and neglect or neurodevelopmental conditions.  She is also conducting epidemiological research (including behavioural genetics) examining the relationship between child maltreatment, neurodevelopment and mental illness across the lifespan.  In 2011 Professor Minnis was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Professor Minnis is a member of the UK’s Black Female Professor Forum (BFPF), which aims to generate positive narratives to underpin successful pathways and trajectories for Black women in education.
Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Mohd Sarip is an academic in Chromatin Biology with the PGJCCR/SMDBS at Queen's University Belfast. Adone's research focuses on ‘Your genes control your body, what controls your genes?’.  Adone has been awarded a career development fellowship from Erasmus MC, an early career scientist VENI fellowship and an Athena-VENI (Chemical Sciences) award for female scientists; both from NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) for her research.
Growing up in a multiracial country such as Singapore and studying, working and living abroad has shaped Adone's beliefs and interests to achieve gender equity and diversity inclusion.  She serves on the Gender Equality Committee (SMDBS), co-cordinates WeCAN, and is co-chair of iRISE (BAME & International Staff Network).  Adone is passionate about empowerment and advancement of girls/women and the BAMEI community by seizing opportunities that emerge from change.
Moira Dean is a Professor in Consumer Psychology and Food Security in the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen's University Belfast.  Moira’s research group focuses on studying the ‘head, heart and hands’ (perceptions, attitudes, and behaviours) of actors along the food supply chain to explore food security challenges in three main areas: (1) global food integrity, (2) nutrition and health, and (3) how we’ll feed the world’s growing population in a sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.
Applying a holistic, integrated and experiential approach, Moira’s research group aims to understand actors from ‘farm to fork’ (e.g. farmers, manufacturers, policy-makers, and consumers), using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, to provide implications for policy, practice, and subsequent research. Research in the group has explored, for example: food traceability; food quality (including safety); food fraud, competitiveness, resilience and trust in food supply chains; food labelling; food marketing; food portion sizes; food shopping; and cooking/food skills.