Barry Preston Award
Established Researcher Award
The Barry Preston Award recognises an outstanding leader in the matrix biology field distinguished by a sustained record of achievement, commitment to mentoring junior researchers and exceptional communication skills.
This award is named after Barry Preston who made contributions to the understanding of the transport and properties of extracellular matrix molecules. He was an enthusiastic teacher and mentor to younger researchers. He established the Connective Tissue Society of Australia and New Zealand, as MBSANZ was then known, in 1975 and was the inaugural president.
Any Australian or New Zealand researcher in the matrix biology field currently at a national or international research institution who exemplifies the same passion for discovery and mentorship that Barry typified is eligible to be nominated. The awardee must be available to deliver a plenary lecture at the society conference on their research.
A call for nominations for this award will occur prior to a society meeting. Current members of the Society may nominate candidates for this award by providing a supporting statement and brief CV for the nominee. The awardee will deliver a plenary lecture at the society conference on their research.
Award review committee
The award is determined by the selection committee chaired by the President.
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Michael Samuel is Professor of Matrix Biology and Head of the Tumour Microenvironment Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia. Michael is internationally recognised for his research on the tumour microenvironment. His research seeks to identify the mechanisms by which tumours remodel their microenvironments to promote tumour progression, with a view to uncovering new approaches to interfering with this process. Michael has received numerous awards for his research. In the spirit of this award, Michael has a strong track record of ECR mentoring with many of his trainees progressing to postdoctoral careers in academia or industry.