Professor Graeme Young AM FTSE FAHMS, a Flinders University Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health, can add two new notches to his belt.
He was recently elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) and was awarded the 2017 Australia Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research.
The Eureka Prize was awarded in recognition of his work with CSIRO and Clinical Genomics colleagues on a novel circulating tumour DNA blood test for colorectal cancer patients.
Professor Young says the award is important because it recognises the team from three different groups, each bringing the crucial skills needed to overcome the challenge of creating a blood test for colorectal cancer.
“It recognises the step that is the hardest to take successfully, namely translation of a good idea into practice,” he says.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Medical Research is a $10,000 award for an individual or team contributing to a healthcare solution.
Applicants are judged based on four different criteria: scientific rigour, the potential for commercialisation, potential impacts and benefits, and how innovative the research is.
Professor Young laughs and says the award means he can’t retire yet.
“I now have time to think through things properly and we seem to make even better progress than at any time in over four decades since I graduated.”
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