Editor's welcome

Gina Ravenscroft

EMCR Pathways Editor & EMCR Forum Executive Member

@Gianina_Natoli @EMCRForum

Hello everyone! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Gina and I’m an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and University of Western Australia. I am also a wife, mum to a 5-year-old son and 20-month-old daughter, avid cook, lover of books and crochet tragic.

I’m passionate about all things EMCR-related and was a late addition to the EMCR Forum Executive in 2017, when my daughter was 6 weeks old! I am also Secretary of the National Association of Research Fellows (NARF) which represents all Fellows (and soon also NHMRC Investigator Grant recipients) working in medical research.  

My research focuses on neurogenetic diseases, identifying novel genes for severe neuromuscular diseases that present in babies before or at birth. I work closely with researchers from around the world that also work on these rare and severe diseases. I have an amazing career and find our research incredibly rewarding, because it as an immediate impact for the families that we work with. Some families even send us lovely messages (and cake) to celebrate the birth of a healthy baby!

I am excited to come on board as the new editor of the EMCR Pathways newsletter and share amazing EMCR stories with all of you. I also would like to take this chance to thank Emma Beckett for her fabulous job as editor over the past year and a half. 

This edition we have a message from the incoming EMCR Forum Chair—Dr Vanessa Wong—and a discussion piece around EMCR definitions—we welcome your feedback on this topic. This issue highlights an important initiative that is Expert Connect. We also meet Dr Vanessa Pirotta from Macquarie University, who shares with us her brush with ‘fame’.

We have an important announcement about the next edition of Science Pathways 2020 and you can find out what the EMCR Forum Executive has been up to lately.

Remember to get in touch if you would like to contribute, have an EMCR group or event you would like to see featured, or have a question for our agony aunt. 

© 2020 Australian Academy of Science

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