Despite a wealth of female scientists within many institutes, there is still an uphill battle when it comes to gender equality further up the academic ladder. We have a comprehensive plan of action for gender equality in the BRAINPATH project. A number of measures have been put in place to increase the share of female scientists whom are directly involved in the preparation and scientific management of the project. Our intention is for some of our current female postdoctoral scientists will become professorial-level molecular imaging scientists. It is hoped that the experience they will acquire from this project will manifest itself, within the next 10-15 years, as preclinical optical brain imaging being translated into the clinic to enable it to join up as the fourth clinical imaging modality to complement MRI, x-ray CT and PET.
Professor Annemie van der Linden already has a prominent role in this project as Principal Investigator and is on the management and steering committee of this project. Dr Else Tolner and Dr Laura Mezzanotte are part of a new generation of young scientists who are at the cutting-edge of brain imaging research.