Peer ASMR Medical Research Week® 21-28 October 2024

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The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is delighted to announce
that the 2024 ASMR Medal will be awarded to
Professor Matt Dun
from the University of Newcastle/Hunter Medical Research Institute

Each year the Society awards the ASMR Medal to an eminent stakeholder in the health and medical research community for achievements in raising awareness. Professor Matt Dun was already researching childhood cancers when his research career took a deeply personal turn. In 2018, his young daughter, Josephine, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour and, faced with the reality of a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) diagnosis, the most aggressive of all childhood cancers, Professor Dun has dedicated his career to finding effective treatments. Tragically, Josephine passed away almost 2 years from diagnosis, which fuelled his mission to combat DIPG relentlessly.

Between 21 to 28 October 2024, Professor Dun will address audiences at Gala Dinners in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Professor Dun will also deliver a luncheon address at National Press Club, Canberra, at which the ASMR Medal will be presented.

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical researchers.
The Society has a long established role in scientific, political and public advocacy.

ASMR’s vision is for a healthy and equitable Australia. Equity has been at ASMR’s core since our foundation. ASMR will continue to foster a culture of inclusivity within the ASMR by supporting researchers from different backgrounds and abilities including those from diverse gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and those who need support for other reasons. The ASMR values diversity in its leaders, members, staff and partnerships. The ASMR supports and promotes participation from under-represented groups in Society committees and activities.

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