September 2011 - Networking in Asia Report

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Curie Ahn and Kathryn J. Wood at the CAST networking event in Seoul, Korea, September 2011

The first networking event in Asia hosted by Women in Transplantation (WIT) was held during the 12th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST) in Seoul, Korea in September 2011. More than 50 women from 9 Asian countries as well as Italy, Brazil and USA attended from all of the field’s professional disciplines. As well as getting to know one another, the women attending the event were inspired by the presentation from Dr. Curie Ahn. Dr. Ahn, a physician scientist, spoke about her career path, including the challenges she had faced and overcome as the first female professor in the Department of Medicine at Seoul National University. She described her philosophy for success, particularly the things that motivate and guide her in her quest for clinical and research excellence.

Dr. Ahn is also a mentor in the WIT international mentoring programme ( During her presentation, she encouraged her colleagues in Asia, both junior and senior, to take part in the programme, since in her experience having good mentors is an essential part of establishing a successful career as a transplant professional.