NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year recognises NSW women who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These women are exceptional achievers who have made a significant contribution to NSW and whose accomplishments make them a strong role model for other women. CI Professor Maria Kavallaris AM has been shortlisted to one of only 3 finalists.
Maria is an exceptional researcher, whose own journey with cancer aged 21, led her to dedicate her career to developing treatments for aggressive childhood cancers. She has made key advances in our understanding and treatment of neuroblastoma; the most common cancer in babies and the third-most common cancer in children.
Her studies have not only identified how some tumours can grow and spread, she has also applied this knowledge to develop effective, less toxic cancer therapies using nanotechnology. Maria’s leadership in cancer nanomedicine has led to clinical and industry collaborations to translate her discoveries into practice.
Winners of the NSW Women of the Year Awards will be announced on the 5th March 2020.