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Published: 17 October 2018

Surrey academic honoured as ‘Woman of the Year’

By Natasha Meredith

Dr Katriina Whitaker from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey is one of 400 women across the country to be bestowed with the title ‘Woman of the Year.’

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Honoured by the official Women of the Year Foundation, Dr Whitaker joins a prestigious group of women each handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Now in its 63rd year the Women of the Year Foundation, led by ITN presenter Julie Etchingham, honours and celebrates women who strive to improve communities across the country and the lives of those within them.  

Dr Whitaker is an acclaimed academic in her field, specialising in the importance of early diagnosis of cancer and investigation into why individuals are reluctant to seek medical treatment when displaying symptoms of the disease.  She has previously been awarded a prestigious Cancer Research UK postdoctoral research fellowship to explore how cancer symptoms are assessed in everyday life, and also won a Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award that honours recipients for outstanding research contributions in the field of Psycho-Oncology.

Dr Whitaker, Reader of Cancer Care at the University of Surrey, said: “I am delighted to have received this honour. Nearly every person in the UK has been affected by cancer or knows someone who has, and I am pleased that my work is helping to make a difference and has been recognised in this way.”

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “I am pleased that Katriina has been honoured with this title. Academia has traditionally been a very male dominated profession; however, the tide is turning and we are seeing more women like Katriina emerging who are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

To celebrate this honour Dr Whitaker attended the 2018 Women of the Year Lunch in London on 15 October. 

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