The WA Cancer Council held its annual Cancer Research Awards lunch on Friday 13 April 2018, and NCARD was well represented. Recipients of recent grants Dr Joost Lesterhuis and Dr Alison McDonnell, and three Honours students – Nicola Principe, Andre Wang and Rasa Islam, each of whom had won a Cancer Council scholarship – attended the lunch, at which Anna Nowak was named WA Cancer Researcher of the Year. This award recognises an individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to cancer research over the past 3 years.
The WA Cancer Council noted:
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.
The awards lunch is also an opportunity for researchers to meet invited supporters of the Cancer Council, talk about their research, and enjoy a menu which is specially prepared by the Parmelia Hilton chefs to promote healthy eating.
A signature feature is that no alcohol is served.
Congratulations to all NCARD grant and scholarship recipients!
Watch Prof Nowak talk about her award-winning work below: