Dr Dmitrii Shek wins 2023 Early Career Researcher Award


Dr Dmitrii Shek has been awarded the 2023 AGITG Early Career Researcher Award, presented by Prof Chris Karapetis.

Dr Shek has been actively involved with research at the AGITG since he joined in 2021. His PhD project, ICEMELT, is an actively recruiting AGITG endorsed study.

“Within a very short period of time Dr Shek has proven undoubtedly that he is an outstanding student and future leader in research. I have no doubt that Dr Shek will have a highly productive career in academic medicine.” said Prof Golo Ahlenstiel, who is Study Chair of ICEMELT.

During his PhD Dr Shek has already published four papers, with another original paper recently accepted in the journal Genes & Diseases. Last year, Dr Shek won the 3-Minute Thesis competition at Western Sydney University. He also recently presented preliminary data from ICEMELT trial at the 2023 NSW Cancer Conference and received the Best PhD Oral Presentation Award.

His project has already won a few competitive grants for research funding, receiving $300,000 in total between 2020 to 2023.

“I feel truly grateful and honoured,” said Dr Shek, who received the award at Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

“I’m committed to advancing both medical understanding and patient well-being, partly because of my own personal experience of losing a loved one due to cholangiocarcinoma, a GI cancer.

“I’m also determined to actively engage in teaching and mentorship, fostering the growth of the next generation of professionals over the next five years.

“I would like to thank the AGITG, Western Sydney University, Western Sydney Local Health District, Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE Group, Cancer Institute NSW and Professor Golo Ahlenstiel. Thank you so much.”

Learn more about the Early Career Researcher Award