Congratulations to Dr Joanne Reed, the 2017 State Custodians Young Garvan Award winner at ‘Edgy Ideas’, and runners up Drs Arcadi Cipponi and Joanna Achinger-Kawecka.

Drs Arcadi Cipponi, Joanna Achinger-Kawecka and Joanne Reed

06 October 2017

 Dr Joanne Reed, of Garvan’s Immunology Division, has been awarded the 2017 State Custodians Young Garvan Award at ‘Edgy Ideas’. Runners-up were Drs Arcadi Cipponi and Joanna Achinger-Kawecka from Garvan’s Cancer and Genomics and Epigenetics Divisions, respectively.

Dr Reed’s winning edgy idea is targeting rogue clones that are responsible for causing autoimmune disease. Dr Cipponi’s is to create high definition maps of human cancer, and Dr Achinger-Kawecka is to address endocrine resistance in breast cancer with a 3D mode.

The Edgy Ideas program provides a unique forum for Garvan’s young and early-mid career researchers to pitch an innovative and inventive idea to a crowd of young professionals. Three finalists are selected on scientific merit from all applications, by members of Garvan’s Executive Management Group.

The crowd then vote for the ‘edgiest’ idea to choose the winner of a $25,000 cash prize from State Custodians.

In the lead up to Edgy Ideas event, each finalist worked with a mentor (from State Custodians and the Young Garvan committee) to refine their presentation skills and put their ‘best pitch forward.’ 

The Young Garvan Committee is a volunteer group of young professionals who donate their passion, time and skills to inform and inspire the younger generation about Garvan’s medical research. Each member of the Young Garvan committee is passionate about and dedicated to supporting Garvan’s research and helping our researchers communicate their science to young professionals.

For more about Garvan’s breakthrough medical research or to get involved in Young Garvan, please contact Jacqui Rodgers on

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