2018 Hercus Medal - Advances in prostate and kidney cancer
Professor Brett Delahunt ONZM FRSNZ has been awarded the Hercus Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for his research on prostate and kidney cancer.
Professor Brett Delahunt is an internationally recognised pathologist from the University of Otago, Wellington. His scientific work and insight have been central to the development of an internationally accepted classification system of important prognostic markers for prostate and renal cancers.
Professor Delahunt has used basic cell science, pathology techniques and genetic approaches to facilitate a better understanding of genito-urinary neoplasia (new tissue growths). His scientific publications and leadership in this area have made a contribution to
His work has focussed primarily upon neoplasia of the kidney and he has been responsible for the identification of novel types of malignancy. The grading system for renal neoplasia that he formulated and validated is now the gold standard, being endorsed by the World Health Organization. Outcome prediction of these tumours is assessed worldwide using this grading system with 50,000 cases diagnosed annually in the US alone.
In the field of transitional
In the field of prostate
Brett has been prolific in his outputs, with a total of 421 publications, including 338 in
He has contributed extensively to the medical profession and healthcare by serving on many government committees and executive positions in numerous international societies including President of the International Academy of Pathology, Australasian Division; President of the International Society of Urological Pathology, President of the New Zealand Society of Pathologists and an international member on the College of American Pathologists’ Urogenital Reporting Panel amongst many others. He is long-standing Editor-in-Chief of the leading international journal Pathology.
In awarding this medal, the selection committee said: “Professor Delahunt is an outstanding New Zealander who has used his scientific and specialist medical training to discover the most important prognostic features of genito-urinary cancers. His scientific studies and his scientific leadership have changed the way that these malignancies are understood, graded, managed and treated worldwide, with
In accepting the award Professor Delahunt expressed his thanks to his many international collaborators for their support. “I am delighted that our various contributions to advance both urological pathology and men’s health have been recognised by Royal Society Te Apārangi.”
Brett has received numerous awards and accolades during his professional career. These include the highest honours bestowed by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (Gold Medal as Distinguished Fellow), the International Academy of Pathology, Australasian Division (Distinguished Pathologist Award), the New Zealand Society of Pathologists (Distinguished Service Medal) and the International Society of Urological Pathology (Koss Medal). He was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to pathology in 2004. In 2015 he received the National Meritorious Award of the Cancer Society of New Zealand for outstanding contributions to the society and to cancer research. He was made a Fellow of
For excellence in molecular and cellular sciences, biomedical science or clinical science and public health.
To Brett Delahunt for his internationally recognised contributions as a pathologist, especially in relation to kidney and prostate cancer.
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