The Daffodil Centre congratulates A/Professor Marianne Weber for winning the Georgia Smith Award for best oral presentation at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference, recently held on the Gold Coast.
Daffodil Centre Director Professor Karen Canfell, who also presented at the three-day event, said the award was well-deserved and reflected the quality and importance of research produced by Marianne and the Lung Stream she leads.
“The conference was attended by hundreds of delegates including many of Australia’s and the world’s leading lung cancer researchers, clinicians and advocates, providing a great platform for the Daffodil Centre to promote its work in lung cancer research,” Professor Canfell said.
“The conference program was excellent, featuring standout presentations on prevention, screening and early detection, advances in treatment and care and with a focus on equity. For Marianne’s oral presentation to be judged the strongest in such an excellent field is a great achievement. It is also rewarding to see a presentation focused on prevention being judged the best at a conference with such a broad focus and interest in biomedical issues.
“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Projections led by Dr Qingwei Luo, published by the Daffodil Centre last year and highlighted at the conference predict around 235,000 lung cancer deaths in Australia between 2020 and 2044, unless something changes. Marianne and her team, with Australian and international collaborators and colleagues across the Daffodil Centre’s crosscutting centres, are publishing evidence designed to prevent as many of those predicted deaths as possible.”
The Daffodil Centre had a strong presence at the conference, with oral presentations also from Dr Preston Ngo, Dr Pavla Vaneckova and Paul Grogan.