Young Garvan Award
The Young Garvan Award is presented each year to a young researcher with the most cutting-edge and innovative research idea.
Applications are judged by three external reviewers who rank them based on:
- Interest and excitement generated by the application as well as the vision and importance of the question being addressed
- Innovation and potential significance of the project
- The applicant’s previous body of work and experience
2016 State Custodian Young Garvan Award Winner
Dr Samantha Oakes’ winning idea was to trick cancer cells into thinking they’re infected with a virus so that they send ‘come kill me’ signals to the immune system. The big mystery is why some patients respond to immunotherapy and others do not. It’s thought that cancers actively evade the immune system and avoid immune cell attack. This research could potentially expand the number of patients who can benefit from cancer immunotherapy.
Dr David Croucher
Research based on computational modelling to simulate the drug-specific effects of a number of mutations that bring on chemoresistance.
Dr Daniel Hesselson
Using zebrafish to identify genes or drugs that might impede the progressive loss of dopamine-producing brain cells in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
Dr Ebru Boslem
Dr Matt Prior
Dr Liz Caldon