COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Dr Matthew Dun

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (16:38:46): Dr Matthew Dun's work and success have been acknowledged with the prestigious 2020 Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.


I have enormous respect Dr Dun, who achieved his PhD through the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute in 2012. He has since focused his research on cancers that have extremely poor outcomes, including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, which tragically claimed the life of his daughter Josephine late last year. I offer Dr Dun, his wife and family my most sincere condolences on their unfathomable loss.


I was extremely honoured to meet Dr Dun when he was presented with a cheque from the District 15 Masonic Lodge and Masonicare for his research into aggressive brain cancers in children. This very personal motivation has fuelled his continued success in his research. I wish him and his family, and his research, all the best for the future.