Research Excellence Awards
Commencing in 2013, the Cancer Council WA Research Excellence Awards were established to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Western Australia's best and brightest cancer researchers.
The awards also serve to reinforce the importance of cancer research as an aspirational career choice and provide encouragement for the next generation of leading cancer researchers.
The three award categories are:
- Early Career Cancer Researcher of the Year
- Cancer Researcher of the Year
- Cancer Research Career Achievement Award
This award recognises an emerging cancer researcher who has made a significant advance in cancer research within the last 18 - 24 months.
The achievement is judged in terms of impact of one or more peer-reviewed publications that advance our understanding of cancer biology, causes (aetiology), policy, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, management or treatment, health services, improvement of quality of life for cancer patients or palliative care.
An ‘early career' cancer researcher is someone who has less than seven years of continuous experience in cancer research and who has no more than five years postdoctoral experience.
This award recognises an individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to cancer research over the past 3 years.
The achievement may be a single and specific achievement - such as leading a ground-breaking or cutting edge piece of cancer research of international importance - or establishing a major initiative that will significantly advance a specific area of cancer research in Western Australia.
The contribution may relate to any topic of cancer research including biology, causes (aetiology), policy, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, management or treatment, health services, improvement of quality of life for cancer patients or palliative care.
This award recognises a senior cancer researcher who has a history of significant achievement in cancer research and a strong record of leadership in administration, advocacy and promotion of cancer research. They will have mentored junior researchers and inspired the next generation to take up careers in cancer research.