Researcher of the Year Nominees

Cure Cancer Australia Researcher of the Year Nominees

Cure Cancer Australia is counting down to the announcement of our Researcher of the Year 2018…

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The Cure Cancer Australia Researcher of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements of our early-career researchers. It also highlights the importance of seed funding within the research space and allows Cure Cancer Australia to promote these achievements to our supporters.

This year’s winner and two runners up will be selected by the Cure Cancer Australia Research Committee, who will individually rate each nominee out of a score of 7. The chosen three researchers will be announced at our annual Researcher Showcase, held during Cancer Research Awareness Week later this month.

We have received 10 applications for Researcher of the Year from scientists funded by Cure Cancer Australia in 2015, 2016 and 2017 - all of which have been of exceptional quality. For the first time this year we have allowed for ‘relative to opportunity’, meaning that researchers who have taken career breaks (for example for maternity leave) can have their break taken into account and their outputs scaled up accordingly.

Our researchers don’t just apply for the kudos of the award.  There is a great shortage of funding for early-career researchers in the sciences, even for the outstanding ones amongst them.  Funds for travel to conferences overseas is very hard to come by. This year our Researcher of the Year and two runners up are to be awarded travel grants to be used for an approved purpose. These grants will make a big difference to the lives of three exceptional scientists, allowing them to do anything from visit a collaborator’s lab or present a finding at an international meeting.

Attending events and making visits like these are something that the commercial world may take for granted. Sadly, in science, every last dollar needs to be fought for.

This year’s nominees are:

 

Associate Professor Jyotsna Batra

Prostate Cancer Researcher

Translation Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2014, 2015-16, 2017-18

 

Dr Dominik Beck

Blood Cancer Researcher

Lowy Cancer Research Centre

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2016

 

Dr Laura Bray

Prostate Cancer Researcher

Queensland University of Technology

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2016

 

Dr Bryan Day

Brain Cancer Researcher

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2012, 2015-16

 

Associate Professor Gillian Gould

Cancer Prevention Researcher

University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2018

 

Dr Fernando de Souza Fonseca Guimaraes

Melanoma and Immunology Researcher

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2015, 2017-2018

 

Dr Zaklina Kovacevic

Prostate Cancer Researcher

University of Sydney

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2016-17

 

Dr Esther Lim

Melanoma Researcher

Precision Cancer Therapy Group, Macquarie University

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2017-18

 

Dr Kate Vandyke

Blood Cancer Researcher

University of Adelaide and SAHMRI

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2017-18

 

Dr Susan Woods

Colorectal Cancer

University of Adelaide

Funded by Cure Cancer Australia 2011, 2016-17

 

All of our researchers have achieved - and continue to achieve - so much, and their trailblazing work gives us so much hope for the future. Good luck to all our nominees - we imagine the final decision will be a very difficult one!

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