Bernard Fox Memorial Award for Sydney academic

16 March 2009

Professor Phyllis Butow from the University's Medical Psychology Research Unit has received the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Bernard Fox Memorial Award.

The award was established to honour an IPOS or community member who has made an outstanding contribution in education, research or leadership to the field of psycho-oncology.

Professor Butow has developed an international reputation in the area of psycho-oncology research and health communication.

She has conducted perhaps more research than anyone else in the world on doctor-patient communication in oncology, and has developed expertise in longitudinal epidemiological studies exploring the impact of psychosocial factors in disease incidence and outcome.

"I am greatly honoured to have received the IPOS Bernard Fox Memorial Award. I hope this prize helps highlight the importance of social, emotional and spiritual issues throughout the cancer experience," said Professor Butow.

"Psychosocial care is a fundamental part of cancer care," she said.

IPOS will present the award during its 11th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, 21 - 25 June 2009.

Professor Butow is co-director of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED) and Chair of the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) of Australia. She is also a member of the University of Sydney Cancer Research Network.

Contact: Jacob O'Shaughnessy

Phone: +61 2 9351 4312 or 0421 617 861