Dennis Lowther Award
The Dennis Lowther Award recognises a student member of the society who has demonstrated outstanding research contributions and communication.
This award is named after Dennis Lowther who established the connective tissue research group at Monash University in the 1960s and developed a strong graduate teaching program and student mentorship.
This award is open to applicants who:
are a financial student member of MBSANZ
register for the society conference and submit an abstract for a poster presentation
Applicants for this award apply at the time of submitting an abstract for a poster presentation at a society meeting by providing:
verification of their status as a student at a higher education institution
abstract submitted to the society conference for a poster presentation
Award review committee
Finalists are invited to give a poster presentation at the society conference. The award is determined by the selection committee chaired by the President and based on the poster presentation delivered at the society conference.
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The Dennis Lowther Award for 2021 was jointly won by Martina Gyimesi (Queensland University of Technology) and Michael Papanicolaou (Garvan Institute of Medical Research).
Martina completed her Honours thesis in 2021 where she worked on markers of memory decline associated with Alzheimer's disease under the supervision of Larisa Haupt. Her presentation at the 2021 meeting was entitled: 'The SORL1 variant rs578506 significantly affects verbal and visual learning scores in a healthy cohort'.
Michael is a PhD student working with A/Prof Tom Cox researching how cancer associated fibroblasts extracellular matrix influences mammary tumour progression and metastasis. His presentation at the meeting in 2021 was entitled: 'Cancer-associated fibroblast secreted collagen XII shapes the breast cancer microenvironment to drive metastatic dissemination’.