Issue No. 60 - August/ /
Science kudos win youth
For eminent cancer researcher Professor Angel Lopez, winning the 2010 South Australian Scientist of the Year award was much more than personal recognition. Professor Lopez, who is Co-director of SA Pathology, the Centre for Cancer Biology, believes the award has enhanced the centre’s reputation, helping recruit high calibre overseas researchers and boost future funding applications.
“I don’t see it as a personal reward, but an opportunity to showcase the great work that a very hardworking team are undertaking in our centre. The question of visibility is very important, so the community is able to see there is some very good work being done here for the good of everyone,” Prof Lopez says.
Professor Lopez is a medically trained biomedical scientist who leads an elite group of 180 researchers at SA Pathology, working to find new ways to prevent and treat cancer and translate new discoveries into clinical practice.
His co-winner in the category was Adelaide University physicist Professor Tanya Monro, who specialises in research on new optical fibres and their translation to novel sensing applications.
Prof Lopez says the kudos have motivated his team and encouraged the centre to develop its first Annual Report, to highlight its achievements.
“The added limelight helped us to recr...