A prominent cancer surgeon and a world leader in plant science are among The University of Western Australia’s winners of this year’s Premier’s Science Awards.
Professor Christobel Saunders, of UWA Medical School’s surgery division, and Professor Harvey Millar from UWA’s School of Molecular Sciences and National Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology were named joint Scientist of the Year.
David Gozzard, a PhD candidate in UWA’s School of Physics and Astrophysics was named ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year while Dr Asha Bowen, Senior Clinical Lecturer from UWA’s Medical School was named Woodside Early Scientist of the Year.
Internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent cancer surgeons, Professor Saunders is directly involved in the strategic planning of Australian cancer services and research and consults at Royal Perth, St John of God Subiaco and Fiona Stanley hospitals.
She has a particular research interest in breast cancer including clinical trials of new treatments, supportive care and translational and health services research which have led to better treatments and improved survival for people with cancer.
Known around the world for his research in plant science, Professor Millar is focused on enhancing the energy efficiency of plants in harsh environments through the function of proteins. His novel research on wheat and barley is opening new opportunities in crop improvement directly relevant to Western Australian industries.
UWA Emeritus Professor John Pate was inducted into the 2017 Western Australia Science Hall of Fame for his contribution to plant science, particularly plant ecology and physiology, and environmental issues in Western Australia. Professor Pate was head of the Botany Department at UWA from 1974 to 1986.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater congratulated the recipients for their significant achievements and contribution to science.
“The University is delighted that the outstanding work of our scientists has been recognised in the Premier’s Science Awards,” Professor Freshwater said.
“The recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in Western Australia and their work is making an important difference in changing people’s lives.”
The winners across four categories were announced at a ceremony last night as part of National Science Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of science.
The awards were established by the State Government in 2002 to honour the outstanding achievements of WA’s science and innovation community. A full list of winners is available here
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