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Meet our Round 12 Scholarship Awardees

At Sydney Vital, we run top-up scholarship awards for researchers who propose innovative and outstanding research projects. Our scholarship candidates look to improve examinations for early diagnoses, treatments and quality of life.

Sydney Vital is delighted to announce the awardees of the 12th round of our top-up scholarship awards and congratulates each of them. Read more about the awardees and their projects below.

Dr Alexander Yuile

Dr Alexander Yuile was awarded $8,000 for his project titled “Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen Positron Emission Tomography (PSMA PET) findings and clinical outcomes in metastatic prostate cancer-a retrospective study.” Dr Yuile is supervised by Dr David Chan at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Dr Ayanthi Wijewardene

Dr Ayanthi Wijewardene was awarded a scholarship of $10,000 for her project “Improving the Management of Thyroid Cancer Patients with Novel Ultra-High Sensitivity Genetic Diagnostic Techniques.” Dr Wijewardene is supervised by A/Prof Rory Clifton Bligh at the University of Sydney and aims to complete her project by 2023.

Ms Biyao Yang

Ms Biyao Yang was awarded $7,500 for her project titled “CRISPR-based gene therapy for breast cancer via X-ray triggered liposomes.” This project will be conducted under the supervision of Prof Ewa Goldys at the University of New South Wales with an anticipated completion date in February 2023.

Dr Christopher Muir

Dr Christopher Muir was awarded $10,000 for his project “Determination of immune cell populations mediating development of immune checkpoint inhibitor associated thyroiditis in patients with melanoma.” Dr Muir is supervised by A/Prof Rory Clifton-Bligh at the University of Sydney and aims to complete his project in September 2022.

Mr Josef Gilson

Mr Josef Gilson was awarded $10,000 for his project titled “Novel Biomarker Panel for Predicting Chemo-resistance in Pancreatic Cancer.” Mr Gilson is conducting his research under the supervision of Dr Sumit Sahni at the University of Sydney and aims to complete his project in 2022.

Mr Lionel Leck

Mr Lionel Leck was awarded $10,000 for his project “Targeting the Mitochondrial Dynamics to Prevent Drug-Induced Cancer Stem Cells and Drug-Resistance in Glioblastoma.” Mr Leck is supervised by Dr Patric Jan Jansson at the University of Sydney and aims to complete his project in 2022.

Mr Nicholas Hindley

Mr Nicholas Hindley was awarded $5,000 for his project “Leveraging US artificial intelligence research to achieve realtime motion estimation during lung cancer radiotherapy.” This project will be conducted under the supervision of Prof Paul Keall at the University of Sydney with an anticipated completion date in December 2021.

Ms Rui Sang

Ms Rui Sang was awarded a scholarship of $10,000 for her project “X-ray triggered photodynamic therapy (PDT) used for the treatment of lymph node metastatic colorectal cancer.” Ms Sang is supervised by Dr Wei Deng at the University of New South Wales and aims to complete her project by February 2024.

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