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2017 Picchi Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research announced

2017 Picchi Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research announced

The next generation of cancer research has been given a boost as three VCCC PhD students receive this year’s Picchi Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research.

The award recipients will receive $10,000 each to help them learn, build networks and begin to contribute on the world stage, by attending an international scientific meeting.

The awards, sponsored by the Picchi Brothers Foundation, recognise and support future leaders in cancer research within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance. Three outstanding PhD students are chosen from the categories of basic science, clinical science and population health.

The recipients’ research must address a pivotal area of cancer control with awardees being chosen based on the quality and potential impact of their research. The prizes are intended to provide recipients with the opportunity to travel internationally for conferences and/or collaborative work, and support their development towards research independence.

“It is the hope of the Foundation that the awards will inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders in cancer research,” said Mr Joseph Lukaitis, Chair of the Picchi Brothers Foundation.

“The Picchi Awards reflect many of the principles that underpin the VCCC’s work - innovation, excellence and leadership. The award recipients are high performing students whose work has demonstrated their ability to produce high impact results and their potential as future leaders and thinkers in their fields,” commented Professor Linda Kristjanson, Chair of the VCCC Board.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Basic Science - Rebecca Delconte, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and University of Melbourne, Department of Medical Biology

Thesis Title - Targeting Regulators of Natural Killer Cell Homeostasis in Cancer Immunotherapy

  • Clinical Science - Kathryn Field, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine

Thesis Title – Towards the further understanding of prognosis and outcomes for patients with high grade gliomas: A randomised phase II study of Carboplatin and Bevacizumab in Recurrent Glioblastoma (CABARET study)

  • Population Health - Tuong Linh Nguyen, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Population Health

Thesis Title – Breast Cancer Associations with Mammographic Density Defined by Higher Pixel Brightness Thresholds

The three award winners presented their work and collected their awards at a jubilant awards ceremony on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

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Left to right: Ms Rebecca Delconte, Mr Tuong Linh Nguyen and Dr Rebecca Delconte.

Learn more about the Picchi Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research and previous recipients in our short video about the importance of the awards.