Scientist on list of health’s top women

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A scientist and researcher based in Sheffield has been named as one of the country’s top 50 most inspirational women in healthcare.

Professor Wendy Tindale, scientific director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was honoured at the Health Service Journal’s first-ever Inspirational Women awards ceremony.

Prof Tindale was singled out from hundreds of nominations because of the work she has done with people suffering from long-term illnesses or disabilities as part of a programme called Devices for Dignity.

She is also part of a group of European academics and scientists developing a ‘digital avatar’ which will allow doctors to create models of the human body through powerful computers.

The models will enable medics to predict how different diseases will affect patients according to their lifestyle, medical condition and physical make-up.

Prof Tindale said: “I have been inspired by so many women during my career so it’s wonderful to think I might have been able to help others to be inspired in their chosen field.”

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said the professor had made a ‘huge impact’ on patients through her work.