International Day of Women and Girls in Science

This week, our Institute is celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Our Institute is named after Christabel Pankhurst, university alumna and a trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women’s rights, paving the way for future generations of women to pursue their ambitions and excel in various fields, including science.

In honour to the Pankhurst legacy and in celebration of IDWGiS, we would like to thank and celebrate some of the inspirational women who lead our Institute, and are making significant contributions to the field of health tech:

Advanced Materials co-lead, Prof Julie Gough

Professor Gough is Professor of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at The University of Manchester. Her research interests are in tissue engineering of mechanically sensitive connective tissues such as bone, cartilage, skeletal muscle and the intervertebral disc, and nerve repair. Julie has co-lead Advanced Materials in Medicine (AMM) since 2019, which is a network of over 150 people, with representation from FSE, FBMH and clinicians.


Translation Lead, Dr Claudia Lindner

Dr Lindner is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in Translational Medical Imaging at The University of Manchester. Her research interests are in the automated analysis of medical images to study, diagnose and manage musculoskeletal disorders – using methods from computer vision, machine learning and data science. As Translation Lead, Claudia is developing a translational roadmap for the Institute, to provide guidance and resources to those developing health technologies.


Multi-Omics Lead, Dr Juhi Gupta

Dr Juhi Gupta is a Lecturer in Health Data Sciences in the School of Health Sciences and Deputy Programme Director of the Health Data Science MSc. Juhi has a background in Genetics, Pharmacology and Bioinformatics. Her research interests are analysis of multi-omics and health data using Data Science approaches, personalised medicine and eHealth. Juhi runs the Pankhurst Multi-Omics Network, which now has over 60 members including researchers/academics from all faculties, clinicians, and industry.


Operational Director and Team Research co-lead, Ruth Norris

Ruth has a 20+ year track record delivering change in both commercial settings and academia. She provides senior operational leadership and support for inter-disciplinary teams to deliver health technology research and facilitates collaboration to magnify impact across the UK and internationally. Ruth is head of Digital Strategy for Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research centre and Co-lead for the University’s Team Research programme. Ruth’s expertise in the Team Research domain are vital to facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations and team-building at the Pankhurst Institute.



Dr Sabine Van Der Veer, Digital Health Inequality Lead

Dr Sabine van der Veer is a Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics at the University of Manchester. Her research is about the use of digital technology to collect patient-generated health data for improving health and care for people with long-term conditions, with a particular focus on how this impacts on health equity. Sabine leads the Institute’s Digital Health Inequities activity, delivered in collaboration with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester. Several collaborations have been enabled through the seminar series, including with external collaborators, e.g. developing a text messaging service for hypertension management among South Asians in collaboration with industry partner ‘Generated Health’; collaborative grant applications; and PhD proposals with the Uni of Toronto.

On a related note, the Pankhurst Institute will be celebrating International Women’s Day this year (8th March 2024). This year’s theme is Inspiring Inclusion. Sign up to our mailing list to find out more.