News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Prestigious Award For Cancer Control Leader

14 December 2007
Prestigious Award For Cancer Control Leader

New Zealand Cancer Control Trust’s Executive Director, Professor John Gavin, has been awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at the University of Otago.

The doctoral degree is the fourth awarded to Professor Gavin during a distinguished career in teaching, research and community service spanning nearly 50 years. His doctorates include degrees of Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Doctor of Science in Pathology.

Born and raised on a farm in Matamata, Professor Gavin had his formal secondary education at Matamata College. He enrolled at the University of Auckland, and then transferred to Otago to study for his degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Professor Gavin discovered early the rewards and fascination of research. During the next 40 years he was highly productive and innovative in his research, delving into a range of topics, including heart valve grafts, the effects of loss of blood supply to heart tissue and deafness following acoustic trauma. By 2000 he had published nearly 200 academic papers, and his research teams had won more than $2.8 million of grants.

Following overseas academic appointments early in his career, Professor Gavin was appointed Associate Professor Pathology at the Auckland School of Medicine in 1970. His 30-year teaching and research career at the Medical School included a variety of roles and responsibilities, including Head of the Department of Pathology and membership of both national and international bodies. Since retiring from the Medical School, Professor Gavin has been an Emeritus Professor of Pathology.

In 2001 he turned his energies to new challenges through his appointment as Executive Director of the New Zealand Cancer Control Trust. In this role he assumed leadership in establishing a partnership between government and non-government sectors to develop The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and its associated action plan. The aims are to reduce the incidence, impact and inequalities with respect to cancer.

In 2005 Professor Gavin was appointed a member of the Cancer Control Council, an independent advisory body providing strategic advice to the Health Minister and to the wider cancer control community. He is a life member of the Cancer Society, in recognition of his service as inaugural chair of the Society's National Scientific Committee, and a Trustee of the Genesis Oncology Trust.

Further information about the award ceremony published in the Otago Daily Times can be found at:,12,10,4,00400,cc95cbd194037f40b1aff4b9cf298b65§=1


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news