Carol Lovelidge studied biochemistry and specialised in neuroscience for her PhD. She was a lecturer in chemistry, biochemistry and neuro-immunology at Guy’s Hospital Medical School where she continued her research with the Neurology Group. She side stepped into medical writing and editing, and for fourteen years was assistant editor of the neurology journal Brain.
She has always been interested in the role of women in medicine. She will talk about the struggle women had to study medicine and to be allowed to register and practice, overcoming the enormous prejudice within the exclusively male profession. In the mid-nineteenth century they set up their own medical school in London, rallied to make a huge contribution on all fronts in WWI, despite being refused entry into the army, and continued their battle for acceptance until the 1970s.