Catharine Bowman

Vice-President & Lymphatic Researcher

Alberta Lymphedema Association & University of Calgary


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CANADIAN, 22 Catharine Bowman is a researcher, healthcare advocate and Vice-President of the Alberta Lymphedema Association. In 2007, Catharine’s mother was diagnosed with cancer-related lymphedema. At the age of fourteen, Catharine set out to create the first pharmacological treatment for her mother’s incurable disease, becoming the youngest lymphatic researcher in the world. Within one year, Catharine established a national team of scientists and clinicians in order to pursue this work. She has since led this research effort exploring lymphedema from pharmacological, psychosocial, and surgical perspectives. In 2015, Catharine established the "Let's Talk Lymphedema" campaign, through which she has delivered talks on holistic healthcare, innovation, and lymphedema to audiences internationally. In 2019, Catharine was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for her work in the healthcare sector. Catharine is currently studying as a medical student in Alberta, Canada.

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