The awards were presented at the Charity’s Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, recently held at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Liverpool.
Professor Jason Parsons, Chair of Radiation Biology, who has over twenty years’ experience working in cancer research, was presented with the Excellence in Research Award.
Professor Parsons has made significant progress in enhancing understanding of the biological effects of radiotherapy in head and neck tumours, leading ground-breaking research focused on developing strategies and treatments to reduce side-effects for patients.
Recently recognised with a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant, the only such award outside the US, Professor Parsons was also commended for his commitment to coaching and mentoring the next generation of researchers.
Receiving the Patient Impact Award, Professor Carlo Palmieri, Professor of Translational Oncology & Medical Oncologist at the University, and his team, were recognised for their work to improve treatments and outcomes for patients with metastatic breast cancer by carrying out the first ever study into their experiences of research.
Over 700 patients are involved in the study, which has provided several new insights and perspectives that will help the clinical community to reflect and improve the experiences for metastatic breast cancer patients.
Professor Jason Parsons commented: “It is an honour to be recognised with this award. I am a great supporter of the work of North West Cancer Research and extremely proud of the work that is done in our city to advance cancer research across the region.”
Professor Carlo Palmieri added: “The team is extremely grateful to receive this award and we hope that our research will lead to a meaningful change for all cancer patients.”
The North West Cancer Research Gala Dinner honoured the efforts of the charity’s life-long fundraisers and researchers, who together have helped the organisation become the leading independent cancer research and education charity for the region.
Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, commented: “It is an honour to be able to celebrate the dedication of our supporters as well as excellence in research across our region. It is thanks to our fundraisers, researchers, corporate supporters and donors that we have evolved to become the organisation that we are today.
“To host our Gala Dinner for the first time since 2018 was an absolute pleasure and it was a wonderful chance to celebrate people’s life-saving efforts. We were overwhelmed with entries this year and the standard was exceptional. We extend a huge congratulations to all of our winners and nominees and thanks to our sponsors and all of those who helped to make the evening a success.”
Radio presenter Claire Simmo hosted the evening’s awards, which was sponsored by Life and Pensions Systems.
North West Cancer Research is an independent charity dedicated to putting the region’s cancer needs first by funding life-saving research and education to tackle the cause, improve the care, and find the cure for cancer.