Thursday 27 November 2014 2:36pm
Professor Parry Guilford, Director of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research, has been awarded the Sir Charles Hercus Medal for biomedical sciences.
The Royal Society of New Zealand selection panel described Professor Guilford as "one of New Zealand's leading biomedical and health scientists".
The award recognised the ground-breaking collaborative work with a Māori family to identify the first known gene mutation for inherited gastric cancer. The discovery enabled family members to be tested for the mutation, and to choose surveillance, or preventative surgery.
Professor Guilford was delighted to receive the medal. He referred to the huge team effort involved, and felt very humbled.
Read the full article in the Otago Daily Times:
- Academics honoured 27 November 2014, Otago Daily Times website
Royal Society of New Zealand media release:
- 2014 Sir Charles Hercus Medal: Pinpointing the cause of hereditary stomach cancer 26 November 2014, RSNZ website