Dr Helen Wright Invited to Attend Celebration of Women in Science Hosted by Duchess of Cornwall

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IACD and CIMA's Dr Helen Wright was recently invited to Clarence House for an evening celebrating the inspiring work carried out by brilliant women in musculoskeletal science. The evening, hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall

On the 18th of February, 2020, Dr Helen Wright of the IACD's Musculoskeletal Biology team, was invited as a part of the Versus Arthritis organised visit to acknowlege and celebrate the tireless and ground-breaking research carried out by women in the field. Hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall, who because patron of the Versus Arthritis Charity in 2012, the event involved invited representatives, patient partners and supporters being invited to Clarence House to discuss the ongoing research in the field as well as the numerous achievements made by the group of 16 researchers in attendance.

Dr Wright said "She was very interested in the role the immune system plays in all sorts of auto-immune diseases and I was able to tell her about the research we carry out on neutrophils from patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Whilst at the event I was able to meet up with senior representatives from Versus Arthritis as well as some of the charity’s centre managers and patient partners.  It was also a great opportunity to catch up with some of my friends and colleagues from the Versus Arthritis Fellows Network, where we were able to discuss our latest exciting data in the fabulous reception room at Clarence House.

We were all very excited to be meeting the Duchess in the historic surroundings of Clarence House and it was quite fun to be discussing our latest lab results whilst sipping on champagne from golden flutes with paintings of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II looking down on us.  The Duchess made us all feel very much at ease, and we were all extremely jealous of her badge which read “The Duchess Versus Arthritis”.

The evening ended with a final group photograph with the Duchess. As well as being a celebration of the work of female researchers supported by the charity, the event felt like a real ‘thank you’ for all the hard work we do on a day to day basis. Versus Arthritis manage to generate a real family feel amongst researchers, supporters and representatives of the charity, and I am proud to be funded by them and to represent them at such a prestigious event.

Helen meets Duchess


Duchess of Cornwall

More information on the event can be found here: https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/2020/february/celebrating-our-female-researchers/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=women%20researchers