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Leading respiratory scientist recognised for research excellence

Professor Phil Hansbro, Deputy Director and Faculty at the Centenary Institute has been recognised for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in respiratory medicine and science.

Professor Hansbro accepted the Research Medal at the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science Annual Scientific Meeting (TSANZSRA) on the Gold Coast.

“It is a huge honour to receive this award. It means so much to me coming from this society. We have amongst us the best respiratory researchers in Australia and indeed the world. I attend the major respiratory conferences around the world and the quality and importance of the work that Australian researchers do is as good as anywhere and we certainly punch way way above our weight in Australia,” said Professor Hansbro on accepting the award at the Meeting’s Gala Dinner tonight.

Read the full Media Release.

Centenary scientists recognised for their world-class cancer research

Pictured: Dr Justin Wong and Mr Kurtis Budden (who accepted on behalf of Professor Phil Hansbro) at the Awards Ceremony, March 14, 2019.

Cancer Council NSW has awarded funding to 13 ground-breaking cancer research projects including two to the Centenary Institute – Dr Justin Wong, Head of our Epigenetics and RNA Biology Program for his research ‘Understanding the mechanisms that cause acute myeloid leukaemia’ and Professor Phil Hansbro, Director of the Centenary UTS Centre for Inflammation for his project ‘Could our gut bacteria play a role in lung cancer?’

“We are extremely proud to announce another round of extraordinary projects in 2019. We are confident these projects will provide incredible value to cancer patients and continue to push our progress towards a cancer free future,” said Dr Jane Hobson, Research Grants Manager at Cancer Council NSW.

Funds have been awarded to projects deemed through peer review to be of the highest scientific merit; and through consumer review to be of the most value to the community supporting Cancer Council.

Read the full Cancer Council NSW media release

Learn more about the work of Professor Phil Hansbro and Dr Justin Wong.

Associate Professor Jodie Ingles awarded NHMRC honour

Associate Professor Ingles has been awarded the highest-ranked NHMRC Career Development Fellowship in the Clinical Level 1 Category for her research, which focuses on better understanding the clinical, genetic and psychosocial aspects of inherited heart diseases.

Associate Professor Ingles is Head of the Clinical Cardiac Genetics Group in the Agnes Ginges Centre for Molecular Cardiology at Centenary. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, and cardiac genetic counsellor in the Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

NHMRC Career Development Fellowships are incredibly competitive, with a success rate of just 13 per cent. Associate Professor Ingles says she feels incredibly privileged to have not only received a Fellowship, but to also have achieved the highest-ranking in her category.

“It’s like winning a ‘Golden Ticket’. Having this on my track record will hopefully place me in an even stronger position when I apply for grants and funding in future, which is the only way you can succeed as a medical researcher,” says Associate Professor Ingles.

Read the full media release here.

Learn more about Associate Professor Ingles’ research here.

Dr Justin Wong recipient of prestigious Australian Academy of Science award

Centenary’s Dr Justin Wong, Head of our Epigenetics and RNA Biology Program has been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science as one of the bright stars of Australian science by being awarded the prestigious early-career Ruth Stephens Gani Medal.

The Academy has recognised outstanding contributions to science with the announcement today of their 2019 honorific awards.

“ I would like to thank the academy for awarding me with this wonderful award. This is not just a recognition of my work but also the work of my mentor, collaborators, post-docs, research assistants and students,” says Dr Wong.

The work by Dr Wong uncovers a novel way to control gene expression with vast therapeutic potential for cancers and other genetic diseases.

Dr Wong is one of 20 of our nation’s leading and future superstars receiving the prestigious awards this year. This video tells his story.

We congratulate Dr Wong on this prestigious award and recognition. Centenary is delighted to see that Dr Wong joins a distinguished group of past recipients of the Ruth Stephens Gani Medal, which include two of recipients of the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award, Professor Geoff Faulkner and Professor Jian Yang.

Read the official Academy media release.

Learn more about Dr Wong and his work.