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CONCERT members take out awards

CONCERT Director, Scientia Professor Michael Barton OAM and CONCERT members, Dr Vikneswary Batumalai, Dr Tony Pang and Ms Natalie Stunnell have all received awards at this year’s UNSW SWS Precinct Research Awards.

Prof Barton received the 2020 Distinguished Research Award for his contribution to health services research in radiation oncology

“It is an honour to join the ranks of the many outstanding researchers in South West Sydney who have been recognised for their contributions to health research,” Prof Barton said.

In addition to holding title of CONCERT Director, Professor Barton is also Professor of Radiation Oncology in SWS and Principal of the Cancer Research Theme of the Faculty of Medicine NSW. In addition to his dedicated work and contribution to SWS, Professor Barton has also chaired reviews of cancer services throughout Australia as well as internationally.

“I have enjoyed helping to build globally leading cancer research in SWS over the last 20 years. We have a strong portfolio of research in basic sciences, clinical trials, medical physics, psycho-oncology and health services research.”

The award for 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Research – Early Career was awarded to Dr Vikneswary Batumalai for her significant role in establishing the Ingham Institute Postdoc Association which provides networking opportunities for early career researchers in SWS.

“I am so honoured to have been selected to receive this award. It means so much to me that the work that I am passionate about also resonates with others. I would like to thank Prof Minoti Apte, Ingham Postdoc Association committee members and the Ingham Institute for their support in establishing IIPA,” said Dr Batumalai.

“We all know the importance of research in SWS, but so is looking after our early career researchers. I believe that the postdoc association is beneficial, not only for the ECRs, but also for the Ingham Institute, as clear communication and representation of postdoc problems or needs leads to a better work environment.”

CONCERT member, Dr Tony Pang was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Research – HDR Candidate, for his recently submitted work on the role of circulating pancreatic stellate cells and circulating tumour cells in Pancreatic cancer as part of the Pancreatic Research Group.

Ms Natalie Stunnell, Manager of Biological Resources, Ingham Institute was the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Research Support Award.

“I am honoured to receive this award.  This award also recognises my team of hardworking and dedicated professionals.  It is a genuine pleasure to work with the researchers at Ingham Institute,” Ms Stunnell said.

CONCERT congratulates all these worthy award recipients.