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Young ECU researcher receives Cancer Council scholarship

Friday, 18 March 2011


Congratulations to Exercise Physiology student from the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Greg Levin, who was one of the recipients of the inaugural Cancer Council Western Australia top-up Ancillary PhD Scholarships, which supports the work of promising young PhD students with a research interest in cancer.

The scholarship, which is worth $12,000 and goes on top of his existing Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), will allow Greg to conduct research into the effects of exercise on the mental health and quality of life of cancer survivors, and is part of $2.1 million in research funding announced by the Cancer Council last week.

Greg is currently working with the team at ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute, and hopes to understand why and how cancer survivors experience a boost in self-esteem and quality-of-life when they combine exercise with their treatments.

“The fact I now have University and Cancer Council backing to undertake my PhD study is a real positive,” said Greg.

“This funding has given me added incentive to work as hard as I can with my project and ultimately contribute to the growing body of evidence about the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors."

 “I am very grateful to the Cancer Council for the opportunities this scholarship presents,” said Greg.

Director of ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute, Associate Professor Daniel Galvão congratulates Greg on receiving this prestigious scholarship.

“This is great recognition of the ongoing work that Greg is doing at ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute, which looks at the positive impacts of exercise on a cancer survivor’s health and wellbeing.”

“On behalf of everyone here we would like to congratulate him on his achievements, and wish him all the best as he continues to develop his research project in the future,” said Professor Galvão.

For more information on the scholarship visit the Cancer Council Western Australia website.

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