Women Pioneers in Clinical Immunology

Pioneers in Clinical Immunology

Kate Sullivan, MD, PhD

"A few gender-specific thoughts are in order given the mission of this group. I have many traditional female traits. I’m a builder of consensus, I lead by example, I try to build trust and forge community. But- niceness must not be mistaken for weakness. It is possible to be simultaneously fierce, supportive, and pleasant. Maybe that is not your personality. Great!  I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be better and to succeed by being you..."


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Helen Chapel, MA MD FRcPath FRCP

"My inspiration to go into Immunology dates from the first heart transplant in S.Africa. I attended the Massachusetts General Hospital as a final year medical student to see for myself and then watched renal transplants in theatre in London. I was not convinced that this was an ethical, life saving procedure – how wrong I was..."


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Magda Carneiro-Sampaio, MD, PhD

"My clinical activities have been predominantly dedicated to PIDs, and I consider myself fortunate for being involved in an area that has had major breakthroughs over the past four decades..."


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Jennifer Puck, MD

"I did not know what I wanted to pursue after college, since I liked so many different subjects. I enjoyed science courses, but there were very few women in them at Harvard and I did not feel at home. I had spent 3 years as a music major, but actually much of my time, especially junior year, involved going from Cambridge to Washington DC to protest against the Viet Nam War..."


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Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

"I was the middle of three closely-spaced daughters born to parents who had decided that girls could do anything boys could do... My parents’ conviction that there were no limits to what energetic, bright girls could achieve was a persistent theme in our household and was woven into who I was early on..."

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Mary Louise Markert, MD, PhD

"Immunology has been the focus of my research career since the summer after my junior year in high school. The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine had a program for high school students who were interested in science..."



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Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles, MD, PhD

"I am not sure that I ever thought of immunology as a career. If you ask anyone what they think this might be, they are likely to ask if we go around with needles immunizing patients.  In a way, that might be a bit correct..."



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