CCWA Research Excellence Awards

Full list of grants and recipients 2018

Project Cancer Council Western Australia Early Career Cancer Researcher of the Year
Recipient  Dr Chan Cheah
Research description  

Dr Cheah is an early career clinician-scientist haematologist and an emerging international leader in lymphoma research.  He is particularly known for his contribution to the early phase clinical trial design, and research on clinical applications of PET-CT in treating aggressive lymphoma.

Funding from CCWA $5,000
Fully supported In the name of Friends of Cancer Council WA

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Project Cancer Council Western Australia Cancer Researcher of the Year
Recipient  Professor Anna Nowak
Research description  

Professor Nowak is a world-leading clinical researcher in mesothelioma.  She combines detailed laboratory knowledge with outstanding clinical trials experience, collaborative spirit and multidisciplinary drive, to improve both cancer research and patient outcomes. 

Professor Nowak was one of the first to demonstrate that cancer chemotherapy exerts positive immunological effects, which can be exploited by combining chemotherapy with immunotherapy. She has initiated and led multiple clinical trials, allowing WA mesothelioma patients access to cutting-edge experimental treatments.

Professor Nowak has a strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of cancer researchers and doctors and is dedicated to service and advocacy within the broader healthcare community.

Funding from CCWA $5,000
Fully supported In the name of Blueprint Wealth

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Project Cancer Council Western Australia Cancer Research Career Achievement Award
Recipient  Professor Robert Newton
Research description  

Professor Newton, together with his team at ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute, has demonstrated that exercise can have a significant beneficial impact on reducing long-term health problems caused by cancer and its treatment.

Through collaboration with Cancer Council WA and GenesisCare, his team provided the first exercise clinic co-located with oncology suites worldwide. This research has driven major change in clinical practice with the findings incorporated into international clinical guidelines including those of the American Cancer Society.  

Professor Newton is committed to mentoring young researchers; he currently serves on over 10 researcher advisory groups and is a reviewer for 39 scientific journals.

Funding from CCWA $5,000
Fully supported In the name of West Coast Eagles Football Club

 

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