The University of Newcastle, Australia

Researchers named AMP Tomorrow Makers

Friday, 16 October 2020

Two Newcastle researchers have made the 2021 AMP Tomorrow Makers list, earning grants to support their research in men’s health programs and bowel cancer.

Dr Myles Young

Two Newcastle researchers have made the 2021 AMP Tomorrow Makers list, earning grants to support their research in men’s health programs and bowel cancer.

University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) researcher Dr Myles Young was awarded a $55,000 grant for his work on increasing access to a suite of men’s physical and mental health programs, particularly for those in regional and remote areas.

He is creating fully online versions of several interlinking men’s health programs he developed with HMRI and University of Newcastle colleagues*. The programs include the Self-Help Exercise and Diet using Information Technology (SHED-IT) program, Workplace POWER, and  SHED-IT Recharge, which specifically targets men with low mood.

Dr Young said the programs provide men tools to feel mentally well, lose weight, become more active and improve their diet without having to completely overhaul their lifestyle.

Dr Joel Petit received a $57,000 grant for his research which is focused on developing a blood test for colorectal cancer.

Dr Petit has a strong personal motivation to create the early intervention test, having lost two young friends to the disease.

A health practitioner, Dr Petit** is currently completing his PhD in medical genetics at the University, as well as undertaking general surgical training with the Hunter New England Local Health District. His research, based at HMRI, focuses on novel circulating tumour DNA biomarkers for the detection of early-stage colorectal cancer.

Established in 2014, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund awards up to $1 million in grants each year to amazing Australians doing great things in their communities.

* The broader University of Newcastle research team who supported the development of these programs include Prof Philip Morgan, Prof Robin Callister, Prof Clare Collins, Prof Frances Kay-Lambkin, Prof Brian Kelly and Mr Ryan Drew.

** Dr Petit has received support from his supervisors Laureate Professor Rodney Scott and Dr Peter Pockney.

HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.


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