Radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist, Dr Liesl Celliers, has been appointed in a new position which aims to fast-track cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Dr Celliers will be the first Perth Radiological Clinic Associate in Translational Imaging, a position established by the PerthRadClinic Foundation to help scientists optimise research conducted in the high-end ACRF Cancer Imaging Facility, located at the Perkins.
After receiving her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne, Dr Celliers trained as a radiologist and a nuclear medicine specialist.
She has had broad exposure to various public and private diagnostic settings during her work at hospitals in Melbourne and Perth.
Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman, said he was pleased to welcome Dr Celliers to the Institute and was looking forward to seeing more discoveries translate into better health outcomes for the community.
“This is the first time we’ve had a radiologist specialising in nuclear medicine at the Institute,” Professor Leedman said.
“We’re extremely grateful to the PerthRadClinic Foundation, chaired by Dr Martin Blake and his colleagues who have made this possible with a generous gift over a number of years.”
Dr Celliers said she was looking forward to facilitating the advancement of promising research into human clinical trials.
“My role involves evaluating cancer research projects and offering strategic advice, using my background in molecular imaging and oncology.”
“I’ll be working with a team of clinical and bio-resource experts to help channel laboratory discoveries into new medicines to treat patients,” Dr Celliers said.
Dr Celliers said she hoped her work would lead to earlier disease detection, discovery of better prevention strategies and new cancer treatment tests.