K: What are your thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion in research and medicine?
C: Interestingly, gender diversity in medicine is quite a nuanced issue because between 60 and 65% of medical students are female, so in university women are in the majority but when you look at the other end of the spectrum, far fewer consultants are women. I chaired the Athena SWAN Committee when I was at Kings, which is about making sure there is equal opportunity for women in science.
Diversity is really important because we all bring different ideas to the table. It never ceases to amaze me what a different lens achieves when you have someone else thinking about a problem. Whether that diversity is gender, ethnicity, personality type, or neurodiversity. You need all of those different lenses to increase your chances of getting the right outcome.