UQ researcher wins reseach award

Fiona Simpson awardUniversity of Queensland Diamantina Institute researcher Dr Fiona Simpson has won a $10,000 Award at a forum of top medical minds in Brisbane today.

Dr Simpson’s presentation on conquering epithelial cancer was announced the winner of the inaugural Research and Innovation Ideas Award at the Meeting of Minds forum in Woolloongabba.

The announcement marked the end of the highly successful two-day forum hosted by Diamantina Health Partners, which attracted prominent members of the medical, scientific and academic fields to discuss how to improve the delivery of healthcare in Queensland.

Dr Simpson, who was born in Australia but grew up in Scotland, said the work being undertaken had the opportunity to improve cancer patient outcomes, reverse innate resistance and minimise health costs.

She said it could be expanded to enhance therapies such as Herceptin in breast cancer.

The Research and Innovation Ideas Award is supported by Diamantina Health Partners and the PA Research Foundation.

It was presented to Dr Simpson by PA Research Foundation Chairman Robert Bowen.

Diamantina Health Partners is Queensland’s only academic health science centre and one of just a handful in Australia.

Diamantina Health Partners Chairman Dr David Theile congratulated Dr Simpson on her well-deserved win.

“I commend all that were accepted to present at the pre-forum symposium as the standard was extremely high,” he said.
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