The 2014 Nic McNally Award for Cancer Research has been awarded to Lara Barazzuol, Research Fellow at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre of the University of Sussex.
The award was presented during a special symposium of the LH Gray Memorial Trust in honour of former BIR President, Professor Jack Fowler.
The meeting, celebrating Jack’s 90th birthday, brought together many of Jack’s former colleagues with people travelling from across the globe to be there in person to meet Jack, who was President from 1977-78.
Lara spoke to a packed room of over 120 delegates about her work on endogenous and radiation-induced DNA damage and apoptosis in the embryonic and adult neural stem cell compartments, before being presented with her award by former BIR trustee andBJRHonorary Editor, Roger Dale. She had just returned from Kyoto and the 15th International Congress of Radiation Research that she had travelled to with the prize bursary.
The Nic McNally prize for Cancer Research is an annual BIR award, established from monies raised by the friends, colleagues and BIR staff in memory of Dr Nic McNally, who was a long-serving Honorary Editor of BJR and President-elect of the BIR before his untimely death in 1991. The prize is in the form of a travel bursary to a conference and is awarded to a young scientist within 5 years of appointment to a senior post working in the field of radiobiology and who holds a non-clinical post.