Canadian scientist Maria Issa fought for recognition in male-dominated profession

Trailblazing Canadian scientist Maria Issa, who's groundbreaking research uncovered a key element in understanding how HIV affects the human body, shares her story about fleeing Hungary, attending an all girls school in Vancouver and going on her first date with the most arrogant boy in town.
Canadian scientist Maria Issa fought to have her research recognized. (CBC)
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Canadian scientist Maria Issa is a trailblazer for women in science. As a PhD student Maria's groundbreaking research uncovered a key element in understanding how HIV affects the human body.  

Maria was the director of the pathology education centre at UBC where she continues to teach today. She has also been tireless advocate and mentor for women in science and sat on the board of the Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology.  

But her story begins in 1949 in Hungary where she was born.

This show was taped in front of a live audience in Vancouver. The improvisers for this episode are Veena Sood, David Milchard, and Denise Jones. The show was directed by Ryan Gladstone.