Breast cancer researcher wins prize for clinical trials research excellence

September 14 / 143

Professor Michael Green, winner of the Alan Coates award.
Professor Michael Green, winner of the Alan Coates award.

Professor Michael Green has been awarded the Alan Coates award for excellence in clinical trials research by the Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer trials group (ANZBCTG).

Professor Green is the Director of Cancer Services at Western Health and a consultant medical oncologist with the Department of Haematology and Medical Oncology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He has a long association with both the ANZBCTG as well as its international partner the International Breast Cancer Trials Group (IBCSG), on whose board he sits as a director.
The ANZBCTG research program brings together more than 700 researchers in 87 institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Green has been involved in several clinical research trials that aim to introduce new treatments for breast cancer patients, including several world-leading research projects on new, ‘first-in-man’ treatments.

Several hundred patients have had the opportunity to participate in these trials.

Professor Green said he believed the quality of any clinical program could be assessed by its participation in a clinical research program.

“The award which I received is a tribute to a great University of Melbourne Alumnus, Professor Alan Coates, and acknowledges a multidisciplinary research team of leading surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and nurses working across two University of Melbourne teaching hospitals; the Royal Melbourne and Western Health,” he said.

“I am privileged to have great mentors at both these hospitals as well as colleagues who share their skills and knowledge freely. Any of them would merit this distinction.”

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