Congratulations to Dr Prachi Bhave on winning the 2022 Young Victorian Melanoma Researcher of the Year. The prize was presented at Melanoma Research Victoria’s Scientific Annual Meeting (November 2022 at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre). Dr Bhave’s prize winning research was on efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors in acral melanoma (melanomas that occur on soles of feet, palms, nails and the most common melanoma in people with darker skin). Congratulations also to the runners up: Dr Claire Felmingham (improving skin cancer management with artificial intelligence); and Ms Peinan Zhao (genomic comparisons).
The Morgan Mansell Prize – Young Melanoma Researcher of the Year is awarded annually to the researcher judged to have produced the most outstanding research on melanoma and that all important cure, and is adjudicated on by Melbourne’s top medical scientists (Professors Mark Shackleton, Victoria Mar and Grant MacArthur and others from Melanoma Research Victoria). The MRV includes the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Institute, Austin Health; Alfred Hospital). The award will be made in perpetuity until a cure for melanoma is found.
Previous winners of the Morgan Mansell Prize
The 2021 Victorian Melanoma Researcher of the Year: Dr Sophie Lim. Dr Lim’s research was on lentigo maligna (precursor to melanoma usually found on the head/face of older people.
The 2020 Young Victorian Melanoma Researcher of the Year: Dr Emily Lelliot. Dr Lelliot’s award winning research was on examining the effects of targeted therapies on anti-tumor immunity in melanoma.
The 2019 Young Victorian Melanoma Researcher of the Year: Simone Park.