Congratulations to Grant Stewart (CUH and CRUK Cambridge Centre Urological Malignancies Programme co-lead) winner of the Medical Research Excellence Award and the Precision Breast Cancer Institute (PBCI) team (led by Jean Abraham) winner of the Team Research Excellence Award in the NIHR Clinical Research Network East of England 2022 Cancer Research Excellence Awards.
Grant was praised for being: “Highly supportive of his colleagues and trainees, he has developed new PIs and CIs from non-traditional clinical trial backgrounds to run clinical trials and as co-lead of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Urological Malignancies Programme (UMP), he is a tireless supporter of trainees and young academic clinicians and basic scientists with all his PhD students and ACFs/ACL trainees continuing to pursue academic careers”.
The PBCI team coordinate blood and fresh tissue samples for whole genome sequencing for over 1000 participants of the Personalised Breast Cancer Programme and facilitate collection of multiple research samples in the Cambridge Breast Unit. The team was praised for being dedicated, productive, communicating well, supporting each other at difficult times and always striving to provide the best for the study participants and researchers. The nursing and co-ordination team are also involved in a cross-mentoring scheme for their equivalents in India, as part of a collaboration project.
The awards were presented at the NIHR Clinical Research Network East of England Cancer Research Conference on 4 November.