FCIC Leader Honoured at Australia Day Awards

FCIC Leaders Honoured in Australia Day Awards

We are proud to announce that Professor Graeme Young, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) at this year's Australia Day awards and honours.

Professor Young helped shape the vision for the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer and was honoured for his contribution for 'significant service to medicine through a range of research, clinical and academic roles, particular his instrumental role in developing the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program'

This award comes on the back of another major milestone for the Flinders University Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health, who was recently named the 2013 South Australian Scientist of the Year.

Professor Young, who played a fundamental role in establishing the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, including the ACRF Cancer Prevention Unit, said he was particularly delighted to be recognised for his translational research in bowel cancer screening and prevention.

“It’s truly wonderful to be involved in research that makes new discoveries and provides new knowledge but then goes beyond that to change entire healthcare systems in ways we can actually measure and show benefit to the community,” Professor Young said.

“Personally I feel very proud of the part I played in helping to make the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) become part of mainstream clinical practice and health policy, and then to be able to measure the impact on the health of the community,” he said.

“Our first area of research showed the need to use a particular type of screening technology, which is now being used in the NBCSP, our second area involved behavioural studies showing how to best engage more people in doing the test and the third study showed that people who are diagnosed as a result of participating in the NBCSP have a much better prognosis.

“Knowing that the program is helping save lives – and being acknowledged for my role in its establishment – makes all those years of hard work by the excellent teams I have had the privilege to work with worthwhile.”

As the chief investigator on a major international project, Professor Young is also influencing the global strategy on infant deaths from diarrhoea in developing countries by improving the current treatment using resistant starch and developing preventive measures to target zinc deficiency.

Together with international colleagues, his teams have received almost $14 million in research grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and studies are now underway in Bangladesh, Malawi and India to gather the necessary information to reshape global policy.

His research on gastroenterology in Australia has also attracted millions of dollars in grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council over the years.

For more information please visit http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/.