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Meet our Scholarship Awardees 2018

At Sydney Vital, we run annual 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. 

Congratulations to the following members who were recently awarded a Sydney Vital Research Scholar Award.


Dr David Chan

David was awarded $10,000 for his project titled “The role of [18F]FMISO PET in resolving Dotatate uptake in a soNUT-like pattern in neuroendocrine neoplasms (DONUT).” He is supervised by Professor Dale Bailey at The University of Sydney and anticipates to complete his research by December 2019.


Ms Marthe Chehade

Ms Chehade was awarded a scholarship for $10,000 for her project “The long noncoding RNA PRINS as a modulator of anti-apoptotic IL-6 activity in adrenocortical cancer,” she is supervised by Prof Stanley Sidhu and aims to complete the project by March 2021. She is conducting research toward a PhD at the University of Sydney.


Ms Angela Cho

Angela Cho, who is also one of our PhD students, was awarded $10,000 for a project titled “Investigating the potential of CA9 as a therapeutic target in gliomas treated with radiotherapy.” This project will be undertaken at the Bill Walsh Translational Cancer Research Laboratory at the Kolling Institute and supervised by A/Prof Viive Howell.


Ms Elizabeth Hutchings

Elizabeth was awarded $10,000 for her project titled “Understanding the attitudes of patients, clinicians, and other key personnel towards the secondary use and analysis of breast cancer data in Australia; developing a path towards consensus.” She is supervised by Prof Frances Boyle at the Univeristy of Sydney.


Dr Malinda Itchins

Dr Malinda Itchins received a Sydney Vital scholarship of $10,000 for her project titled “Investigating genetic mechanisms of resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy in ALK rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).” She is supervised by A/Prof Nick Pavlakis at the University of Sydney.


Mr Nathan MacArthur

For his project titled “Living after death: An exploration of the experiences of bereaved adults,” Nathan MacArthur was awarded a Sydney Vital scholarship for $10,000. He is currently conducting research towards PhD at UNSW and the project supervised by Dr Emma Kirby.


Dr John Park

John has been awarded $10,000 for his research project titled “To investigate circulating tumour DNA as a biomarker of resistance in metastatic uveal melanoma treated with PKC inhibitor (LXS196).” He is currently conducting research toward a PhD at The University of Sydney and Professor Helen Rizos is the supervisor.



Read more about the projects here.

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