Crestani Scholarships continue to help cancer research

Pictured at the December awards night: Yvonne Crestani with Director of Newcastle University’s Global Centre for Research and Training in Radiation Oncology, Associate Professor Yolanda Surjan, and radiation therapy scholarship recipients Eliza Gallagher, Kate Rodgers, Samuel Cole and Madelyn Wyborn

Local Central Coast cancer charity Crestani Scholarships has continued to expand with the help of its supporters and awarded13 new scholarships during the 2022 Year.

Since its inception by Yvonne Crestani in 2007, The Crestani Foundation has provided a total of 52 scholarships to health professionals and students for research and studies into better outcomes for cancer patients.

In November, the Foundation announced a new partnership with the Mid-North Coast Cancer Institute in Port Macquarie, awarding two scholarships to radiation therapists.

In December at its annual awards night hosted by the University of Newcastle Central Coast Clinical School and supported by the Central Coast Research Institute, the Foundation awarded a third scholarship to a radiation therapist, five scholarships to radiation therapy students at the University of Newcastle and, for the first time, scholarships to medical students with a focus on cancer care, also at the University of Newcastle.

In total, eight new Scholarships were awarded on the night.

The Foundation also announced the Inaugural Crestani Foundation Scholarship in Oncology Nursing, to be awarded in 2023.

Speaking at the Awards Night were Professor Nicholas Goodwin and Dr Michael Bourke from the Central Coast Research Institute, who are in talks with Crestani Scholarships to support future research efforts on the Central Coast.

Bourke emphasised that funding of projects such as summer scholarships for research in ethics applications and in protocol writing would be key future areas of focus between his biomedical team and the Crestani Foundation.

Crestani Scholarships will hold a Rock the Garden fundraiser at Gosford Regional Gallery and Japanese Gardens from 5-7pm on Sunday, February 12, featuring Lucky Starr and Roland Storm.

Details are available on 0416 241 110.

Verified source: Media release, Feb 7, 2023, Crestani Scholarships