Congratulations to PhD student Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge and her supervisor Dr Ros Kemp, who together took away the top awards from the most recent New Zealand Society for Oncology meeting.
Kirsten was the winner of the Young Researcher Award (previously known as the Eli Lilly Award) for the best presentation by a trainee or young member of the Society at the meeting. The cash prize is intended to advance the recipient's career in oncology. This is the third time in four years that a student from the department has won the award, which is highly sought after.
Dr Ros Kemp was awarded the Roche Translational Cancer Research Fellowship, a new award this year. This award provides a unique opportunity for NZ cancer research teams to up-skill an integral team member, so that the team can work together more effectively to improve research output. Valued at $30,000, this award supports translational research by a scientist-clinician team with real benefit to NZ patients. The award will be of benefit to the entire project team: John McCall, Mik Black, Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge, Shirley Shen and Sam Norton. Read the media release on the University of Otago website.