Our success

Since starting in 2017, the FLG has supported a number of members through funding programs. View the recipients of these various schemes below.

FLG Awards

The FLG Committee recognises the achievements of members through the Future Leaders Group Awards. Award categories include:

  • Award for Best Paper - Implementation Science, Biomarkers and Target Therapies
  • The Policy Push Award - Award for contribution to policy or health services
  • The Engagement Award - Award for excellence in industry or community engagement
  • The Supervisor Award - Award for supervision excellence

Best Paper – Biomarkers and Targeted Therapies

Shared between:

Lei Jin
Paper title: GUARDIN is a p53-responsive long non-coding RNA that is essential for genomic stability

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Marie Parsons 
Paper title: MACROD2 Haploinsufficiency Impairs Catalytic Activity of PARP1 and Promotes Chromosome Instability and Growth of Intestinal Tumors

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Best Paper –  Implementation Science

Nick Zdenkowski
Paper title: Single-Arm Longitudinal Study to Evaluate a Decision Aid for Women Offered Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy for Operable Breast Cancer

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Supervisor Award

Serene Yoong
Nominated by: Courtney Barnes

Engagement Award

Shared between:

Anoop Enjeti
Title of paper or study: Venetoclax in combination with low-dose cytarabine induces rapid, deep, and durable responses in previously untreated patients with AML ineligible for intensive chemotherapy.

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Liz Fradgley
Title of paper or study: The Structured Triage and Referral by Telephone (START) Trial

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Career Advancement Fellowships in Cancer Research

For two years, a philanthropic donation of $250,000 has been made to HCRA, which was allocated via The University of Newcastle (UON) to the Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research Innovation and Technology (PRC CaRIT) and is administered by the FLG.

HCRA and recognises the importance of supporting the career advancement of early and mid-career researchers and their goals of obtaining external fellowship funding and as such, these fellowships have been awarded for short term salary funding.

HCRA called for applications from Future Leaders Group (FLG) members in November 2018 for the 2019 Career Advancement Fellowships. A total of 15 applications totalling over $900,000 were received with 12 being T1 applications and three being T2/T3 applications. Five applicants have been awarded a maximum of $50,000 towards short term salary funding.

View the overview of the successful recipients in the report by clicking below.

2019 Career Advancement Fellows (PDF 4MB)

Dr Nick Zdenkowski

Research Project Title: Implementation of a breast cancer decision aid

Dr Manish Jhamb

Research Project Title: Targeting ovarian cancer by an accurate, efficient, economic and scalable clinical-platform to test personalised therapies for patients with advanced/recurrent ovarian cancer

Dr Marie Parsons

Research Project Title: Investigating the mechanism underpinning inflammatory driven colorectal cancer

Dr Sam Faulkner

Research Project Title: A novel neuronal biomarker for aggressive prostate cancer

Dr Kristen McCarter

Research Project Title: Accessible Smoking Cessation Support for Vulnerable Populations

In late 2017, Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA) and the University of Newcastle PRC Cancer received a very generous philanthropic donation of $250,000. The HCRA Executive Committee recognised the importance of encouraging and enabling EMCRs in our membership to advance their careers and with this donation established the 'Career Advancement Fellowship in Cancer Research Scheme'.

HCRA called for applications from Future Leader Group (FLG) members in December 2017.  A total of 10 fellowship salary requests totalling over $840 000 were received. These applications were collated by the HCRA Operations Team and then reviewed, ranked and prioritised by PRC CaRIT senior research members in late December 2017. Approval of the ranking outcomes was provided by the PRC CaRIT Co-Directors in January 2018.

View the final report from the 2018 Fellows by clicking below.

2018 Career Advancement Fellowships – Final Report

Dr Liz Fradgley

Research Project Title: Unpacking the components of multidisciplinary cancer care in NSW: a mixed methods study to identify and develop efficient, patient-centred operating principles, referral protocols, and communication tools for team meetings.

Dr Chen Chen Jiang

Research Project Title: Endoplasmic reticulum stress and tumour neurogenesis.

Dr Kelly Avery-Kiejda

Research Project Title: Development of a diagnostic test for p53 and its isoforms to aid
treatment decisions in breast cancer.

Dr Michelle Wong-Brown

Research Project Title: Targeting DNA repair pathways to overcome ovarian cancer chemoresistance.

The University of Newcastle, Australia Hunter New England Local Health District Calvary Mater Newcastle Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Institute NSW