Picchi Awards

The prestigious Picchi Awards, supported by the Picchi Brothers Foundation, aims to inspire and encourage the next generation of cancer research leaders.

Three outstanding PhD students have been chosen from the categories of basic science, clinical science and population health. Each award winner receives $10,000 to learn and build networks; providing support towards research independence.

The awards are available to PhD students who have confirmed candidature at a University affiliated with a VCCC alliance partner and are undertaking cancer-related research training within a VCCC alliance partner at the application closing date.

Award recipients

2018

Basic Science: Ms Simone Park, University of Melbourne - Doherty Institute 
The role of tissue-resident memory T cells in melanoma immune surveillance

Clinical Science: Dr Jonathan Hiller, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Exploring perioperative adjunctive therapies that can be utilised during cancer surgery to improve cancer outcomes

Population Health: Dr Shuai Li, University of Melbourne
DNA methylation and breast cancer risk factors: insights from twin and family studies

2017

Basic Science: Rebecca Delconte, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and University of Melbourne
Targeting Regulators of Natural Killer Cell Homeostasis in Cancer Immunotherapy

Clinical Science: Kathryn Field, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne 
Towards the further understanding of prognosis and outcomes for patients with high grade gliomas: A randomised phase II study of Carboplatin and Bevacizumab in Recurrent Glioblastoma (CABARET study)

Population Health: Kevin Nguyen, University of Melbourne 
Breast Cancer Associations with Mammographic Density Defined by Higher Pixel Brightness Thresholds