Professor Anna Nowak


From: Wednesday April 10, 2019, 7:00 am

To: Wednesday April 10, 2019, 8:30 am

Professor Anna Nowak from UWA for the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases


Professor Anna Nowak is a medical oncologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and a professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. As well as her medical qualifications, Anna holds a PhD in tumour immunology.

She treats and researches two invariably fatal cancer types: mesothelioma and malignant brain tumours. Anna has recently taken on the position of Director at UWA’s National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) which is a Centre for Research Excellence funded by the key national body for medical research, the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

NCARD comprises around 35 scientific staff, and has an international reputation for mesothelioma immunology, biomarkers, and translational clinical trials. Anna completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical trials and quality of life research, which has given her a unique perspective that truly bridges laboratory bench to patient bedside.

She has been a principal investigator on a number of local and international clinical trials, and has recently had very promising results from a combined chemotherapy/immunotherapy trial called DREAM, with the involvement of another NCARD clinician-scientist, focused on mesothelioma.

It is hoped that this trial can be taken into the next phase. She is passionate about patient-doctor communication, mentoring, and women in oncology and science. Anna was  named the WA Cancer Council’s Cancer Research of the Year in 2018.


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