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Honour for inspirational cancer researcher

By Leanne Miles

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Sciences Dr Rama Jayaraj with his 2015 Pride of Australia “Inspiration Medal” for the NT. Photo courtesy NT News Senior Lecturer in Clinical Sciences Dr Rama Jayaraj with his 2015 Pride of Australia “Inspiration Medal” for the NT. Photo courtesy NT News

A Charles Darwin University lecturer and cancer researcher has been recognised for his significant contribution to education in the Northern Territory in receiving the 2015 Pride of Australia “Inspiration Medal” for the NT.

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Sciences Dr Rama Jayaraj has made significant contributions to Indigenous education and provided high-quality student support, while contributing to cancer research.

“I am really honoured to receive the award,” Dr Jayaraj said. “There are so many committed health professionals and educators working hard in the NT. I am very humbled.”

Dr Jayaraj is an applied biotechnologist and has helped to strengthen research ties between CDU and institutions in India, Indonesia and Thailand. More recently he has been working on community engagement and cultural activities focusing on Australian Indigenous alcohol-associated assaults and violence.

“The whole team at the university is excited about the award,” he said. “We hope it helps to promote the importance of health research and education in the NT, strengthens existing collaborations and creates new ones.”

As a lecturer in pharmacology, pathophysiology and micro biology, he has been integral in leading his students through an improved and integrated, case-based approach to address their unique learning environments.

“Many of our students are nurses, who are mothers and also work full-time,” Dr Jayaraj said. “We have developed and adapted the delivery of our courses using e-learning tools to be more flexible in assisting students to meet their work and study commitments.”

The Pride of Australia “Inspiration Medal” is awarded by the NT News and the Sunday Territorian in the NT. It recognises a member of teaching professions from early childhood to university education or a role model whose compassion and wisdom while teaching, coaching and mentoring youth has been truly inspiring.

Earlier this year Dr Jayaraj received the Ryan Family Award for exceptional performance and contribution to CDU for his commitment to excellence in teaching and involvement in research with a global reach.