Applications are now open for the 2015 Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research.
Two up-and-coming leaders in stem cell science will be awarded $50,000 each to boost their career to the next level.
The Metcalf Prizes are open to mid-career researchers, five to 10 years past their PhD or MD, working in stem cell research in Australia.
The winners will be chosen for their scientific excellence, proven leadership ability and the potential to have a continuing influence on stem cell research in Australia.
Last year’s winners were Dr Kaylene Young of the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania and Dr Jose Polo of Monash University, in recognition of their leadership in stem cell research.
The Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research recognise and honour the exceptional contribution made to stem cell research by the late Professor Donald Metcalf, who died in December 2014. Over his 50-year career, Don helped transform cancer treatment and transplantation medicine, and paved the way for potential stem cell therapy in the treatment of many other conditions.
The Metcalf Prizes support the Foundation’s mission to promote the study and use of stem cells in the prevention or control of disease in human beings and to enhance stem cell public education.
Applications are now open, and close Monday 16 March 2015. We strongly encourage last year’s unsuccessful applicants to apply again this year if they are still eligible.
To apply online, and for a full list of criteria and conditions, head to the Foundation’s website.
2014 prize winners update
Wrap-up of the junior investigator program at joint scientific meeting
64 bright young stem cell scientists—19 early-career researchers and 45 PhD students—attended Australia’s premier stem cell scientific meeting held in Lorne, Victoria late last year.
Junior investigators brought youthful energy and expertise from a wide range of research interests, including the mechanisms of haemopoietic reconstitution following bone marrow transplantation, neural crest stem cell research, the regulation of muscle stem cells, and intestinal stem cells and colorectal cancer development. Their attendance was made possible by a Foundation conference grant program for early career researchers.
“This was our second annual meeting in which the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia has worked with us to support and involve the next generation of stem cell scientists, so we had valuable momentum to build on,” says Michael O’Connor, President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research (ASSCR).
“The involvement of such a large number of enthusiastic young scientists made for a vibrant conference atmosphere that was noticed by all, particularly our international speakers. With the NSCFA’s support we were able to hold a dedicated session to showcase the research of young investigators, and present awards to the top oral and poster presentations. This recognition is vitally important for young scientists starting out in their careers, and also helps to highlight the culture of research excellence for which the Australian stem cell field is renowned.”
The junior investigator award winners were:
Caroline Gargett and Karen Tiedemann join the Foundation board; farewell to Chris Juttner and David Zerman
The New Year brings some changes to the Foundation’s board of directors. We are thrilled to welcome two new board members Caroline Gargett and Karin Tiedemann.
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Promote the study and use of stem cells
Prevent or control diseases or illness
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