veski announces 2009 innovation fellows

4 February

veski has today named two internationally renowned scientists as veski innovation fellows for 2009.

The veski innovation fellowships were presented today by the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, AC, and the Victorian Minister for Innovation the Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC.

Associate Professor Ygal Haupt, who has dual Israeli and Australian citizenship and Dr Ross Dickins, who returns to Australia from the US, have both accepted four year veski innovation fellowships to carry out their research in Melbourne.

Funding for Associate Professor Haupt will be matched in cash and in-kind from host organisation, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Dr Dickins Fellowship will be matched in cash and in-kind from host-organisation, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Assoc/Prof Haupt will head up a new research program at Peter Mac in Tumour Suppressor Biology focusing on the protein called p53 – the most important tumour suppressor in human cancer. Ygal says he’s very excited about his prospective work at Peter Mac, which will provide new opportunities for cancer research in Victoria.

Assoc/Prof Haupt has a long association with scientists in Melbourne having completed his PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His wife is also a scientist from Melbourne.

“My research will shed light on the regulation of p53 in health and disease and ultimately lead to new, diagnostic bio markers for early cancer detection and to new classes of anti-cancer drugs”.

Dr Ross Dickins is a group leader in the Molecular Medicine Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His research at WEHI will investigate targeted cancer therapies using novel RNA interference (RNAi) technology to mimic the action of cancer drugs. The research will look specifically at blood-related cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma.

Dr Dickins returns to Australia from New York where he was a post-doctoral research scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Dr Dickins says his research will investigate an emerging class of therapeutic agents that inhibit the proteins required for the survival of tumour cells in cancers but not normal healthy cells.

“It is anticipated that the research will speed the development of effective targeted cancer therapies.”

Both scientists agree that their research endeavours are closely aligned and there is a great opportunity for future collaboration.

veski chairman, Professor Snow Barlow says veski is delighted to be able to assist in bringing both scientists with such enormous international acclaim back to Melbourne particularly is these interesting times when more than ever we need to be creating new knowledge.

The veski innovation fellowship program returns to Victoria successful Australian expatriates and leading researchers with outstanding skills in the fields of science, innovative technology and design.

veski is seed funded by the State Government of Victoria and has been awarding innovation fellowships since 2004.

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