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Dr Kelly McKelvey Awarded Sydney Vital Travel Award

Dr Kelly McKelvey, an early-career researcher was invited to present her Matt Callander Beanie for Brain Cancer HMRI Fellowship work funded by the Mark Hughes Foundation at the Association for Radiation Research (ARR) Conference 2018.

This year it was held at the Queen’s University, Belfast and focused on multidisciplinary radiation research – with a primary focus of better utilisation of radiation (particle, X-ray and protons) for the treatment of cancer. With a scientific programme spanning over three days the meeting attracted 100 delegates from the United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Delegates represented a range of radiation-related professions including physicists, radiation oncologists, radiation protection, NASA, medical oncologists, and translational researchers.

Some of the highlights included talks from Professor Jacqueline Williams, University of Rochester and Professor Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) in partnership with Xstrahl Inc. satellite meeting featured the 8 UK sites with Preclinical Radiation Research Platforms (SARRP; Xstrahl Inc), The Sydney site, and John Hopkins University, USA the foundering developers of the instrument. The meeting featured current and future research utilising the instrument and discussed additions to continue to make this pre-clinical instrument as clinically relevant as possible.

Dr Kelly McKelvey presenting her research.


During her tour, Kelly also had the opportunity to visit five brain cancer research laboratories among the Institute of Cancer Research in Chelsea, London and Sutton, Greater London, and at Queen’s University, Belfast. These have formed collaborations for future work on glioblastoma, a devastating form of brain cancer with median survival of 14 months.

Sydney Vital would like to congratulate Kelly and encourage her to keep up her good work. Keep up-to-date with our scholarships, funding and awards and check out our grant schemes here.

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