Dr Jennifer Stone Awarded 2017 Mavis Robertson Fellowship

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Dr Jennifer Stone Awarded 2017 Mavis Robertson Fellowship

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic has awarded the 2017 Mavis Robertson Fellowship to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) funded researcher Dr Jennifer Stone from the University of Western Australia.

The Mavis Robertson Fellowship was established in 2011 and is awarded to Australia’s best and brightest female researcher who also demonstrates to be a leader in breast cancer research. A pioneer of the superannuation movement, Mavis Robertson was a founder of the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk and a Trustee of NBCF for over ten years. The annual Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk provides the single largest donation to NBCF, raising over $30 million for breast cancer research since 1998.

Dr Stone’s research investigates the role that breast density plays in the early detection of breast cancer. Increasing evidence has highlighted the need for women to be told about their breast density. This is because of the impact of dense breast tissue on the effectiveness of a mammogram in finding cancer and is also due to the increased risk of breast cancer arising from high density.

In conjunction with BreastScreen WA, Dr Jennifer Stone’s study aims to find out what women with breast density do to quantify perceptions, intentions and post-screening behaviour. The study will provide a basis for BreastScreen programs to report measures of breast density to participants in future.

“This research has the potential to reduce the incidence of breast cancer and significantly improve breast cancer outcomes in those with the disease via early detection,” said Dr Stone.

“Future funding is pivotal to the success of my research. It will provide the staff and resources in which to conduct the research needed to inform a tailored screening program,” she continued.

As part of the Fellowship, Dr Stone will receive up to $10,000 to help her further progress her academic and professional goals, leadership skills and networks.

Media references

Dr Jennifer Stone (Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease)
Sophie Cooley (NBCF Senior Marketing Manager) (+61 2) 8098 4800 / (+61 4) 17 421 683

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