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ECU professor tallest poppy

Friday, 16 November 2012


ECU Professor Daniel Galvão has won the Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2012 for his leading work into the use of exercise as medicine for cancer patients.

The Director of ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute, Professor Galvão is also the co-author of international guidelines which recommend all cancer patients and survivors implement exercise programs as part of their treatment.

His research has shown that exercise has proven benefits, including decreased fatigue, preventing loss of bone and muscle mass as well as an increase in functional performance and quality of life.

Professor Galvão won the award in a field of six short-listed nominees from universities and research institutes in WA.  It is the first time an ECU researcher has received the honour.

“This is a fine achievement for Professor Galvão, who is an international leader in the field of cancer treatment and research,” ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said.

“Professor Galvão and his expert team at ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute are constantly developing innovative ways to utilise exercise as medicine for cancer treatment as well as in the management of other diseases.”

“This award is well-deserved recognition of their groundbreaking work and celebrates not only Professor Galvão, but also the work of the whole Institute.”

First awarded in WA in 2010, the Tall Poppy Awards recognise the achievements of outstanding young researchers in the sciences, including technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research. The awards are awarded on a state-by state basis.

The Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Awards are organised by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), which established the Tall Poppy Campaign in 1998 to promote public awareness of Australia’s intellectual achievements.

For more information on the awards visit the AIPS website.


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