Dr David Croucher and Professor John Mattick.
Media Release: 20 July 2015
Dr David Croucher has won the 2015 Young Garvan Award. The announcement was made on Saturday night at Young Garvan’s main annual fundraising event, the “All Ribbons Ball”, held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel.
A volunteer group of young professionals, Young Garvan informs and inspires the younger generation about Garvan’s medical research. The group’s main aim is to raise funds for the Young Garvan Award. The Award provides a total of $50,000 each year towards supporting an early career scientist.
Dr Croucher’s research uses computational modelling to simulate the drug-specific effects of a number of mutations that bring on chemoresistance. The ultimate aim of this work is to better predict the therapeutic options for patients with chemoresistant breast cancer, based on the patient’s individual mutations.
David will use his $50,000 Award to continue his work using targeted genomic sequencing to identify mutations associated with chemoresistance in Luminal B breast cancer. The Award will also allow David to use multiplexing technology to develop a map of the pathways linking signalling activity to therapeutic response in luminal breast cancer.
When asked about winning the 2015 Young Garvan Award, Dr Croucher said, “I am very grateful to have received this Award. For a young researcher like me, this funding is very significant. It means I have a level of freedom to pursue my work, and explore new approaches to improving treatment outcomes for people diagnosed with chemoresistant breast cancer.”
This year, Dr Simon Junankar and Dr Elena Zotenko were each awarded a Garvan Special Travel Award of $5,000 in recognition of them reaching the finals of the 2015 Young Garvan Award. Dr Junankar’s research aims to understand how the body’s immune system can be activated to destroy cancer cells. Dr Zotenko analyses, integrates and visualises large datasets that are created by genome sequencing technology.
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research sincerely congratulates Drs Croucher, Junankar and Zotenko on receiving these awards.
For more information about Young Garvan, visit www.garvan.org.au/get-involved/young-garvan.
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