On Thursday 4th October, we welcomed over 50 of our dedicated community to our annual Volunteer Conference at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
The Vol Con is our chance to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, as well as a chance for them to meet with one another and share stories, ideas and advice.
Volunteers heard from the President of the RCOG Professor Lesley Regan – the first female in the role for 64 years and only the second to be elected ever. Having been awarded her first grant, a training fellowship, from Wellbeing of Women, Professor Regan has become the leading expert in recurrent miscarriages.
Her talk on the importance of bringing women’s health into the forefront of the public agenda was thought provoking and inspiring.
Guests also were given an update from Dr Sarah McClelland on her pioneering work into ovarian cancer treatments. Dr Sarah McClelland and her team at the Barts Cancer Institute believe that it is the instability of the chromosomes in the cancer cells which allows them to become resistant to chemotherapy. The team is looking at ways of stabilising these ‘slippery characteristics’ of chromosomes to limit the cancer cell’s ability to evade treatment.
Chief Executive of Wellbeing of Women, Tina Weaver gave an overview on current projects and why research into women’s reproductive health is so vital.
Following a delicious lunch, we had a presentation of awards celebrating the hard work of our volunteers.
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