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 2020 was jointly won by Thomas Molley (UNSW Sydney) and Shona Ritchie (Garvan Institute of Medical Research).
Shona is currently working with Prof. Paul Timpson as a PhD student. Her presentation at the meeting in 2020 was entitled ‘Investigating the long-term and pro-tumorigenic modifications of cancer-associated fibroblasts in pancreatic cancer’.
Thomas is currently working with A/Prof Kris Killian as a PhD student. His presentation at the meeting in 2020 was entitled: 'Freeform printing of tumour invasion models within cell-laden microgel matrices’.