National Honours for SA Pathology pair

Two of SA Pathology’s leading clinicians have received significant national recognition for their work in Medical Research.

Professor Sharad Kumar received a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list for significant service to medical research in the field of cancer and cell biology.

The prestigious Australia Day Honour recognises his significant service to medical research in the field of cancer and cell biology, as a scientist and author, to medical education, and as a mentor.

Professor Kumar continues to represent SA Pathology in his role as Co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), a successful alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia.

His work has been featured in over 200 publications and he holds Affiliate Professorships at the University of Adelaide, and University of South Australia.

The discoveries made by Professor Kumar’s laboratory have opened up new avenues in areas such as inflammation, kidney disease and blood pressure homeostasis.

Meanwhile, colleague Professor Greg Goodall has broken a ten year drought for South Australian research by being awarded the prestigious Julian Wells Medal at the Lorne Genome Conference in February.

The Medal is awarded annually to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the organisation and expression of the genome.

This marks the first time a South Australian researcher has won the award in over a decade.

Professor Goodall has embraced the world of RNA and post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene regulation.

He is a Section Leader in the Centre for Cancer Biology and co-Director of the CCB ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility at SA Pathology, an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and an Adjunct Professor of the University of South Australia.

Professor Goodall’s recent work has focused on microRNAs and circular RNAs involved in cell invasion and cancer metastasis.Professor Angel Lopez, co-director of the Centre for Cancer Biology, said it was a great privilege to work alongside such outstanding researchers.“The impact Sharad and Greg have made, and continue to make, to medical research and health improvements is enormous,” Professor Lopez said.

Dr Glenn Edwards, Executive Director of SA Pathology, also acknowledged his colleagues latest achievements.

“The national recognition and focus that Professors Kumar and Goodall bring to SA Pathology speaks volumes for the benefits of medical research in the South Australian Health system,” Professor Edwards said.

“We continue our tradition of supporting the highest quality diagnostic services, together with world-leading research.

“I am immensely proud of our entire team at SA Pathology who deliver outstanding service to South Australians,” Professor Edwards said.

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