Awards and Grants

2016 PC4 and PHCRIS Training Award

We are pleased to announce the successful applicant for this Award is Dr Brian Fernandes with his project A systematic review into the impact of polypharmacy on cancer survival.

Brian is a doctor completing medical rotations at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. His first exposure to cancer research was a PC4-funded Summer Scholarship in 2013, working with PC4 Scientific Working Group Leader Professor Lyndal Trevena. He subsequently worked as a scientific writer at the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide updating systematic reviews to inform health care practice in Australia and abroad.

In 2014 he interned with World Health Organisation (WHO) working on WHO guidelines for Access to Cancer Care Technology in Low and Middle Income Countries. Brian is passionate about improving access to cancer care in both local and global contexts, and is currently completing a Masters of Health Policy at the University of Sydney.


Brian will be working to a tight timeframe – and is seeking a Second Reviewer to help with the project. If you are interested in increasing your skills in this area, have 20 hours to contribute, and would like a small remuneration and authorship of any associated publications please contact Brian to discuss ASAP (

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