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Cancer Institute NSW’s Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research

This annual event is the leading NSW awards program that celebrates excellence and innovation in cancer research.

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2014 Award categories

Nominations are now closed.

Nine awards are being offered in 2014 for outstanding cancer research:

  • Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year
  • The Kids' Cancer Project Award
  • Excellence in Translational Cancer Research
  • Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year
  • The Professor Rob Sutherland Make a Difference Award
  • The 'Rising Star' PhD Award
  • The Wildfire Award
  • Big Data, Big Impact Grant

Any questions relating to the Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Awards, please email the grants team.

The gala dinner will be held on the 22nd August at the Sydney Town Hall. To ensure all winners are available to accept their Award, all nominees are expected to attend the event.

Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year

The Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year will honour an individual who has made significant and fundamental contributions to any field of cancer research in NSW.  The recipient will receive a prize of $50,000 (excluding GST) and a commemorative award. 

 

The Kids' Cancer Project Award

The Kids' Cancer Project has a single mission - to cure kids' cancer. As a national charity, The Kids' Cancer Project is able to support the very best childhood cancer research without geographical or institutional barriers.

In partnership with the Cancer Institute NSW, The Kids' Cancer Project is providing a new award aimed at building capacity and fostering excellence in childhood cancer research. The award is valued at $25,000 and will be conferred on an outstanding young researcher with an innovative kids' cancer project.

 

Excellence in Translational Cancer Research

The Cancer Institute NSW Premier's award for Excellence in Translational Cancer Research 2014 will recognise an example of excellence in translational research and honour the team who conducted the work in any field of cancer research in NSW. These contributions must have had a lasting impact and demonstrated sustained progress against cancer.

The Cancer Institute takes a broad definition of translational research that spans the full translational enterprise from: basic research that is translated in human clinical research; basic and clinical research that is translated into practice based research and dissemination research/implementation research.

The research team will receive a prize of $20,000 (excluding GST) and a commemorative award.

 

Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials

The Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Award for Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials 2014 recognises an example of innovation in relation to the conduct of cancer clinical trials in NSW. The 2014 award is open to any NSW based clinical research team, clinical trials group or clinical trial unit within a university or not-for-profit organisation, or within a local health district.

The NSW based clinical research team; clinical trials group or clinical trial unit within a university or not-for-profit organisation or within a local health district will receive a prize of $20,000 (excluding GST) and a commemorative award. 

 

Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year

The Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow award will recognise a current Cancer Institute NSW fellow who is making exceptional progress and impact in their field of cancer research. The recipient will receive a prize of $20,000 (exc GST) and a commemorative award.

The Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow is conferred by progress report so no nominations are required.

 

The Professor Rob Sutherland Make a Difference Award

Professor Rob Sutherland AO was an internationally recognised cancer researcher whose pioneering work changed cancer treatment and improved the survival chances of patients around the world.

For 27 years Professor Sutherland was the Director of the Cancer Research Program at the Garvan Institute and was the inaugural Director of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. Professor Sutherland was a foundation Board member of the Cancer Institute until 2008. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year Award and was also made officer of the Order of Australia. His research into cancers that are dependent on hormones for their development and progression - including breast, prostate and ovary was internationally recognised.

The recipient of the Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award will receive a prize of $20,000 (excluding GST) and a commemorative award.

 

The 'Rising Star' PhD Student Award

The Cancer Institute NSW Premier's 'Rising Star' PhD Student award will honour an exceptional PhD student who is making significant progress and shows the potential to make an impact in any field of cancer research. This award is open to members of Translational Cancer Research Centres and Units.

The recipient will receive a prize of $10,000 (excluding GST) and a commemorative award. 

 

The Wildfire Award

The Wildfire Award 2014 will recognise a NSW researcher, or team of researchers, who has made a significant difference to cancer care or research practice. These contributions must have had a lasting impact on the cancer field and must have demonstrated sustained progress against cancer. The Wildfire Award 2014 will be awarded to an individual, or research team, for a highly cited publication.

The recipient/s will receive a prize of $20,000 (excluding GST) and a commemorative award.

 

Big Data, Big Impact Grant

For 2014, The Big Data, Big Impact grant is an initiative of the Cancer Institute NSW and Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. Through this grant the Cancer Institute NSW and NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer wish to encourage the analysis of existing large publically mandated datasets of biometric and health data to unlock the answers to frontier questions in cancer research.

The Big Data, Big Impact grant presents a unique opportunity to bring together an outstanding research team to identify the potential within open access datasets. New and creative ideas are sought for research studies that facilitate new approaches to unlocking big data. The grant involves a two-stage research project covering data analysis followed by hypothesis testing. It promotes a novel way of conducting research using existing data and samples to accelerate scientific discoveries by connecting data to cancer outcomes.

 

2013 winners

  • The NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the year
    Professor John Thompson
    Melanoma Institute Australia and University of Sydney, Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • NEW AWARD: Big Data, Big Impact
    Dr Jason Wong, Dr Luke Hesson, A/Prof John Pimanda and Dr Joe Thurbon
    Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW
  • NEW AWARD: The Kids' Cancer Project Award
    Dr Orazio Vittorio
    Children's Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW, Kids Cancer Alliance Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • Excellence in Translational Cancer Research
    Anthony J Gill and Roderick J Clifton-Bligh
    Cancer Diagnosis and Pathology Group and Cancer Genetics Group, Northern Translational Cancer Research Unit
  • Outstanding Cancer Research Scholar
    Dimitri Conomos
    Children's Medical Research Institute and University of Sydney, Kids Cancer Alliance Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • The Pfizer Oncology Scholarship
    Goldie Yuan Lam Lui
    University of Sydney
  • Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow
    Dr Georgina Long
    Melanoma Institute Australia and Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials
    TROG (Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group) Cancer Research
    Hunter Translational Cancer Research Unit, Hunter Translational Cancer Research Unit
  • Wildfire Award
    Dr Pascale Guiterra
    Melanoma Institute Australia and Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre, Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • The Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award
    Professor Neville Hacker
    The Royal Hospital for Women, Translational Cancer Research Network

2012 winners

The 2012 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research were awarded at the Cancer Institute NSW's annual cancer awards night in Sydney to honour the work of the state's most innovative and dynamic cancer researchers.

  • Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the year
    Professor Phyllis Butow, University of Sydney
  • Excellence in Translational Cancer Research
    Professors Michelle Haber AM, Glenn Marshall and Murray Norris, Child Cancer Research Collaborative
  • Outstanding Cancer Research Scholar
    Dr Steven Kao, University of Sydney and Sydney Catalyst lianslational Cancer Research Cenlie
  • The Pfizer Studentship Award
    Emma Ramsay, University of NSW
  • Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow
    Professor Richard Scolyer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials
    Dr Craig Underhill, Border Medical Oncology Research Unit
  • Wildfire Award
    Pancreatic Cancer Research Group, Garvan Institute
  • Make a Difference Award
    Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher , University of Newcastle

2011 winners

  • NSW Premier's Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year
    Professor Roger Reddel, Sir Lorimer Dods Professor and Director of Cancer Research Unit, Children's Medical Research Institute, Westmead
  • CINSW 2011 Premier's Fellow of the Year Award
    Dr Alexander Swarbrick, Garvan Institute Medical Research
  • CINSW 2011 Premier's Scholar of the Year Award
    Dr David Chang, Garvan Institute Medical Research
  • CINSW 2011 Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials
    Dr Meer Agar, Sydney South West Palliative Care Service

Previous Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year recipients

  • 2013: Professor John Thompson
  • 2012: Professor Phyllis Butow
  • 2011: Professor Roger Reddel
  • 2010: Professor Rob Sutherland
  • 2009: Professor Phillip Hogg
  • 2008: Professor Simon Chapman
  • 2007: Professor Robyn Ward
  • 2006: Professor Bruce Armstrong