Dr Cindy Ma and Dr Tatyana Chtanova with their children
12 May 2016
Drs Cindy Ma and Tatyana Chtanova, both of Garvan’s Immunology Division, are the first recipients of the recently launched Garvan Childcare Travel Awards.
Dr Ma leads the Human Immune Disorders Group which studies the role of CD4+, T cells and other immune cells in determining how a mutation in a single gene results in gene susceptibility. She will use her Garvan Childcare Travel Award to attend the Biennial Meeting of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies in Spain in September this year.
Dr Chtanova is Head of the Innate and Tumour Immunology Laboratory which focuses on immune cell migration in normal immune responses and cancer. She will use the Garvan Childcare Travel Award to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Immunochemistry and Immunobiology in Italy in June this year.
The Garvan Childcare Travel Award recognises the challenges that primary carers, mostly women, face in advancing their scientific careers. The Award will support childcare arrangements to allow the recipients to participate in local and international conferences and meetings.
According to Garvan’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Marie Dziadek, “Presenting and participating in scientific conferences and meetings is critical for the career progression of all researchers. The Garvan Childcare Travel Awards aim to address the fact that doing this can be particularly challenging for those researchers who are the primary carer of children, usually women, and restrict their career development.”