Cancer researcher Maria Kavallaris AM named NSW Premier’s woman of the year


Internationally renowned scientist Professor Maria Kavallaris AM has been named the 2020 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year – the top honour at the NSW Women of the Year awards. 

Prof. Kavallaris accepted the award from Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor at the WOTY Awards ceremony in Sydney today.

“Maria is a remarkable achiever whose ground-breaking research has led to more effective therapies for aggressive childhood cancers,” Ms Berejiklian said.

A further six outstanding women from across NSW took out the top spot in their nominated category, ranging from community heroes to lifetime achievers.

“Congratulations to all the incredible women who have deservedly been recognised; their achievements are an inspiration to women who want to make a difference.” Ms Berejiklian said.

Mrs Taylor said this year’s awards program attracted an unprecedented number of nominations and more than 7,000 votes in the publicly decided categories.

“Be it science, industry, business or community; every part of NSW has benefited from the outstanding contributions made by women,” Mrs Taylor said.

“You can’t be what you can’t see; so please join me in celebrating these women and sharing their stories of success to help improve the lives of girls and young women across our state.”

Dedicated to treating aggressive childhood cancers

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.

As founding director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at UNSW, as well as head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting program at Children’s Cancer Institute, Maria 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.

Maria’s work has been recognised by many national and international awards, including the highly prestigious 2019 Lemberg Medal from the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Anthony Koutoufides considers running for Melbourne Lord Mayor

AFL great Anthony Koutoufides has revealed he has been considering a run for Lord Mayor of Melbourne in the upcoming council elections.

Andrew Liveris: Brisbane 2032 Olympics are ahead of schedule

Brisbane Olympics president Andrew Liveris spoke to the International Olympic Committee to address stadium plan for the 2032 Games.

Steve Georganas MP meets with Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister

Greece's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Kotsiras, met with a delegation of the World Hellenic Inter-parliamentary Association.

Australian PM visits Greek restaurant in Queensland during holiday with fiancée

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took a five-day holiday that has been under heavy scrutiny by the hard-working Australian public.

Greek leaders celebrate 50 years since the restoration of democracy

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou hosted a celebration marking 50 years since the restoration of democracy in Greece after the junta.

You May Also Like

Harrison Kitt suffered ‘mental impairment’ during crash which killed Joanne Shanahan, court hears

A court has heard there is "unlikely to be any debate" that a man suffered "mental impairment" during a crash that killed two women last year.

Thanasi Kokkinakis’ father shares feelings ahead of Adelaide International quarterfinals

Ahead of his son's quarterfinal match at Adelaide International, Trevor Kokkinakis, talks about the tennis star's upbringing and heritage.

‘A kaleidoscope of colour’: SA’s biennial Multicultural Festival enthrals thousands

Adelaide’s Victoria Square came alive on Sunday with music and dance from around the world as thousands attended SA's Multicultural Festival.