This year’s finals of the Concord Repatriation General Hospital Early Career Research Awards were held on 22nd and 29th of October at the ANZAC Research Institute. These yearly research prizes are co-sponsored by Concord Hospital and the ANZAC Research Institute and awarded to early career researchers who primarily undertake their work on Concord Hospital Campus.
Prizes were awarded in three categories, ‘Undergraduate Students’, ‘Postgraduate Students’ and ‘Early Career Researchers’, and in each category four finalists were selected to present their work. Dr Michaela Kirschner from ADRI was chosen as one of the finalists and presented her work on the identification of the microRNA miR-625-3p in blood as potential novel diagnostic marker for malignant pleural mesothelioma. With her presentation Dr Kirschner won the prize in the category of ‘Early Career Researchers’ highlighting again the importance of this work.