Dr. Gregor Kijanka pictured with Minister Mary Harney TD and Professor Cliona O'Farrelly, Chairperson of the Irish Cancer Society at the Irish Cancer Society 2010 Fellowship and Scholarship Awards.



Dr. Gregor Kijanka, Research Fellow at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute was one of three researchers to receive an Irish Cancer Society Research Fellowship at a recent awards ceremony held in Dublin where Minister for Health Mary Harney TD presented three of Ireland's most gifted cancer researchers with the Irish Cancer Society's Research Fellowship Award. The successful candidates were subjected to rigorous assessment by a panel of international experts in the field of cancer.

Dr. Kijanka was given this fellowship award to investigate tumour immune responses in colorectal cancer. This fellowship will assist Gregor in developing his research ideas and will offer support in directing his own research team.

The Irish Cancer Society, as part of its commitment to cancer research and to cultivating the next generation of cancer researchers, has awarded a total of €1.2 million to three research fellows and five PhD scholars through the Society's research fellowship and scholarship programmes this year.

Commenting on the research awards, Professor Cliona O'Farrelly, Chairperson, Cancer Research Committee, Irish Cancer Society said, "We were delighted with the number and the calibre of applications this year from enthusiastic young researchers who are keen to dedicate themselves to cancer research. We hoped last year to be able to expand the scheme and it is fantastic that are able to fund an additional two Scholarships this year."