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Women & Science

The Women & Science Program is an initiative of The Wistar Institute that highlights the fundamental role played by basic and clinical research in addressing the scientific challenges related to women's health. The program features the contributions made by women scientists to biomedical research and raises funds to promote their work.

Speakers include Wistar scientists and renowned guest researchers who discuss topics such as cancer, aging, vaccines, immune disorders, allergies, HIV, and infectious diseases.

Women & Science participants will:

  • MEET leading scientists and learn about emerging discoveries and biomedical advances that are improving the health and well-being of individuals worldwide.
  • INCREASE their SCIENTIFIC LITERACY, which will enable them to make informed choices and play a more active role in their advocacy for women in science.
  • ENGAGE with a network of women who share an interest in women’s health, science and biomedical research.

Schedule of Events

  • November 16, 2023 - Helen Dean King Award Presentation to Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.

Helen Dean King Award

The Helen Dean King Award was established in 2016 to honor women who have achieved distinction in biomedical research. The award is named after Dr. Helen Dean King – a well-respected geneticist and member of Wistar’s research staff from 1908 to 1950. She was instrumental in breeding the first standardized laboratory model known as the Wistar rat, which is still used worldwide today.

The award is presented each year in conclusion of our Women & Science series to a distinguished guest who has made a difference with her outstanding research.

Learn more about the Women & Science Program.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship details to come



Dara Lieberson
Manager of Foundation Relations
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Marta Adelson
Elizabeth McKee Anderson
Ellen Caplan
Eleanor Davis
Susan B. Dillon, Ph.D.
Amy Fox
Anja Levitties
Robin Lovett
Susan S. McDonald, Ph.D.
Bonnie Offit, M.D.
Kate O’Neill
Helen P. Pudlin, Esq.
Adele K. Schaeffer
Naomi Shapiro

Scientific Advisors

Amelia Escolano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center
The Wistar Institute 

Jessie Villanueva, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
The Wistar Institute

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Wistar’s Women & Science Program Video

Highlighting the importance of women in basic and clinical research while addressing the challenges related to women’s health and raising funds to support Wistar science.

Watch the Video