Feinstein Institute Women’s Group Inaugural Event

MANHASSET, NY – A prominent Long Island professional group based at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research www.feinsteininstitute.org – Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) – will be celebrating its first year with an inaugural program to maximize the success of women in science and medicine. This inaugural event is well-timed to welcome the first class of medical students of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. http://medicine.hofstra.edu/

AWSM will host psychologist Gail Golden, PhD, MBA, of Chicago-based Gail Golden Consulting in a discussion on Advancing Careers and Achieving Full Potential on Tuesday, October 11 at 4 p.m. at the Feinstein Institute. It is open to scientists, physicians, and members of the community. For the past 20 years, as a licensed psychologist, consultant, university teacher (Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago) and public speaker, Dr. Golden has developed and led workshops focused on developing managers’ coaching abilities, conflict resolution strategies and effective communication skills.

A handful of senior researchers started the AWSM program a year ago to enhance the experience of women in science and medicine at the Feinstein Institute. Now, AWSM has grown to include two dozen women throughout the research institute and has branched out across the North Shore-LIJ Health System to clinician researchers.

“At the Feinstein, we have designed and are implementing an innovative approach to the problems faced by women scientists,” said Betty Diamond, MD, head of the Feinstein’s Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders. “We are using the culture of helping one another, at which women naturally excel, to promote the excellence of our science. This approach increases collaboration and collegiality; it avoids confrontation and the general impulse to assert that women achieve success by behaving more like men.”

“We prefer a complementary universe with each gender utilizing its own skill set to enhance the community and further our shared efforts at advancing scientific discovery to improve human health,” said Dr. Diamond, a member of the Institute of Medicine. “It is especially important to bring this new culture of inclusion to the community as we initiate a new medical school to train future scientists and physicians.”

AWSM President Christine Metz, PhD, head of the Feinstein’s Laboratory of Medicinal Biochemistry, agrees. “We have improved the visibility of women in science at the Feinstein Institute. There is a lot of collective thinking going on at our monthly meetings and when we return to our laboratories. The group always outperforms the individual.”

The Feinstein Institute has long been recognized for its initiatives in bridging the gap between scientific discovery and patient care. The mission of the group is to support women so they can advance in their career aspirations and achieve their full potential. AWSM has developed award programs designed to recognize the achievements of female scientists, and provides networking and mentoring opportunities for faculty, trainees and students. Ultimately, through diversity, AWSM plans to broaden the impact of translational research at the Feinstein.

For more information on AWSM or the lecture, contact www.feinsteininstitute.org/Feinstein/AWSM

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, human genetics, leukemia, lymphoma, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information: www.FeinsteinInstitute.org