Published on 01 Mar 2022

Breaking new ground

A podcast series by LKCMedicine Women in Science – by women, on women, for all.

Women in Science - Prof Mummery

Women in Science@LKCMedicine Podcast

Episode 1: Professor Christine Mummery
Disease modelling using pluripotent stem cells
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In a world where they are still under-represented, several female scientists have emerged as movers and shakers in their fields. Some are breaking new ground across various disciplines. What issues and challenges do they face? Will more step forward to follow those who have made seminal contributions? Who are the rising talents? This new podcast series by Women in Science at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine spotlights the work and successes of women scientists, alongside their challenges and aspirations. We explore what it takes to achieve high-impact research in a world where the work of women scientists have gained traction in biomedical sciences and beyond.

Synopsis: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally. Each year, 17.9 million lives are lost to it. In Singapore, we experienced 33 heart attacks and 21 strokes daily on average in 2017. At this rate, it is important to understand disease mechanisms and discover new drugs.

In this episode, we feature Christine Mummery, Professor of Developmental Biology at Leiden University Medical Center. She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science and was President of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

She was the first to derive human-induced cells in the Netherlands and pioneered studies on cardiovascular cell types from stem cells for disease modelling and regenerative medicine.

Her work spans from creating 3D models for cardiovascular diseases using pluripotent stem cells from patients to using these models to better understand disease mechanisms and cardiotoxic effects of drugs – laying the foundations for drug discovery.