Aged just 30, Dr Chan was honoured with the QUT Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year award at the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 29. Dr Chan has dedicated his career to ensuring those living with cancer receive the best possible care, support and quality of life.
“I’m quite shocked to win this award and of course very, very happy and humbled,” Dr Chan said.
His leading contribution to supportive cancer care research saw Dr Chan appointed Deputy Director of Research for Cancer Care Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital earlier this year and he is also a National Health and Medical Research Council Health Professional Research Fellow at QUT.
“In research I can actually develop knowledge that can influence practice worldwide, and that is very rewarding. My aim is to continue conducting research that is meaningful to patient care, and ultimately improves the quality of life for those patients”, said Dr Chan.
Since starting his research of supportive cancer care, Dr Chan has attracted nearly $3 million in research grant funding and publishing more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals.