Women in Clinical Immunology Sciences

Women are integral to academic and clinical excellence, diversity, and all missions of the Clinical Immunology Society. Yet, women face unique challenges in academia and leadership positions; many experience attrition from the advancement pipeline.1 Dedicated strategies are needed to support the careers of women in biomedical science and medicine and ensure the success of women in all aspects of academic, research and clinical life. 2 Additionally, conscious efforts to promote gender balance on the part of conference organizing committees, can help to expand not only the high-quality presentations of valuable work, but to promote women as members of editorial boards, professional committees, and in other invited positions.3


Our goal is to support and encourage the advancement of women at all levels (general members, students, residents, fellows, post-doctoral, clinicians, and faculty) in the CIS to attain their full academic potential via mentorship, sponsorship, personal and professional development, leadership, innovation, inclusiveness, and a welcoming and supportive climate. By advancing women in the health sciences, we advance the excellence and diversity that is so vital to achieving our society’s mission.


Please follow our progress as we continue to develop our resources dealing with our four main initiatives: Recruitment, Mentorship, Culture Change and Resilience, and Leadership. We hope to engage ALL members of the CIS, not only women, to take part in this worthwhile endeavor.


The WCIS chairs and committee

  1. Shapiro VS et al. Update on Gender Equity in Immunology, 2001 to 2016. J Immunol 2016. 197(10):3751-3753
  2. Bauman M et al. The Women in Medicine and Health Medicine Program: An Innovative Initiative to Support Female Faculty at University of California School of Medicine. Acad Medicine 2014. 89 (11): 1462-1466
  3. Klein R et al. Speaking out about gender imbalance in invited speakers improves diversity. Nat Immunol 2016. 18(5): 475-479