1984 Scholar in Medicine
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Richard Epstein graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine in 1979. After graduating he spent time working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and was admitted to the first stage of becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1982.
Richard was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD in the Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapeutics unit at Cambridge University. His research will use sophisticated laser equipment to analyse and compare the self-repair mechanisms in the DNA of normal and malignant cells to those exposed to chemotherapy treatment with the aim of furthering understanding of how chemotherapy impacts cellular recovery at the DNA level.
Studied at: University of Cambridge
Professor Epstein is a Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist who treats cancer patients in the Department of Oncology at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. He has key therapeutic interests in breast cancer, prostate and kidney cancers, melanoma and skin cancers and eye tumours, transplant-related tumours, and neuroendocrine tumours.
In addition, he heads the Clinical Trials Centre, which prioritises studies of ‘smart’ drugs that target specific biological molecules important for driving cancer growth. Professor Epstein also heads the Genome Evolution research group in The Kinghorn Cancer Centre with interests in cancer causation and novel therapeutic strategies; one of the lab’s current theme projects involves using genetic engineering to make ‘cancer-resistant’ genes.
Professor Epstein is also interested in improving research links with extramural partners in the Asia-Pacific region, where he has developed a network of professional contacts in China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Indonesia over the last decade.