FCIC Leader wins SA Scientist of the Year

FCIC Leader wins SA Scientist of the Year

World leading Flinders University Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health and former Director of Development for the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), Professor Graeme Young was named the SA Scientist of the Year at the Science Excellence Awards on August 16.

Professor Young was commended for his work in bowel cancer, including research into cancer prevention that led to Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and improved screening in other countries as well as the prevention of infant deaths from diarrhoea in developing countries – a major international project.

On accepting the award Prof Young said “I value the label of scientist, because I consider that science is one of the main ways in which we can improve society, and enrich lives. Including that of other societies less fortunate and less empowered than us.”

He was also acknowledged for his key role in establishing the FCIC – a leading cancer centre in Australia.

“The FCIC is a wonderful new resource in Adelaide– a building that houses a world class team of clinicians and researchers who are working together with a shared vision of changing the way cancer impacts on our lives,” Professor Young said.

“I have personally experienced cancer in three different circumstances,” he said. “In my own child, in my patients and in research of cancer statistics in our community, each experience leaving me with a story of intersecting dimensions and an understanding of the pain, the despair, but also the hope that we feel when threatened by this disease.”

“Progress is being made, but there is much more yet to be done and scientists always need help finding the resources they need to continue their important work.”

Fresh from the awards, Graeme has set his next challenge – the 200km Ride to Conquer Cancer for the FMC Foundation to raise money and awareness for the work underway at FCIC.

“I am so pleased to be able to support the FMC Foundation in this way, as the Foundation played a pivotal role in the FCIC’s development and has continually supported the important cancer research undertaken at Flinders.”

The Ride to Conquer Cancer for FMC Foundation will be held on the 30 November and 1 December, taking cyclists through some of Adelaide’s most scenic countryside.

“You might wonder how much of the ride I will be able to achieve, I’m afraid that remains to be seen – but one thing I can guarantee is you will see me in full bike riding gear for the first time!”

While you may not be able to join Graeme and the many others participating for the Ride, you can show your support for his tremendous work by helping him reach his fundraising pledge – visit www.conquercancer.org.au and search for Graeme or call 1300 34 RIDE to make a donation.

The SA Scientist of the Year award is a prestigious accolade judged by a panel of 13 experts and was presented at the Science Excellence Awards - the state’s premier event to honour outstanding achievers in science.

In accepting his award he thanked his colleagues for their hard work and support.

“Constructing the solution requires innovation, an enquiring mind and importantly, the gathering of skills. I emphasise the point here that it is very unlikely that any individual will possess, in themselves, all the skills that are needed to construct the solution. Great teams are essential and I have great teams to work with and I feel that their commitment, passion and cleverness should also be credited for this work.”