Dec 10, 2018 Skolar Award Team
Sandra Jernström aims to find a new kind of treatment to cancer by analysing not just the type of cancer but the composition of the tumour. That way patients could get more personalised treatment and faster results.
Jernström is at a loss for words. “I have never won such a big prize, so I am still baffled how to react. The other pitches were so good. I am extremely happy now.”
As the number of cancer patients increases in the future, efficient treatment becomes more and more important. Jernström hopes to employ other researcher to her team with the prize money.
“That way we could pursue the research further much faster. In the future I would also like to work in the industry, but at the moment my research still needs to be developed inside the academia.”
Slush Research Pitching Competition, also known as Skolar Award is an international research pitching competition for postdoc researchers. The main prize of 100 000 euros is meant for advancing the winner’s research idea.
The eight finalists’ ideas varied from tackling the plastic problem to producing food from wood. The researchers pitched their work on the Pink Stage at Slush on Wednesday.
The jury says the decision was hard to make since all the researchers introduced such good ideas.
“All finalists would have earned this prize, but Jernström’s idea showed great impact also in the long run. Her pitch was also very clear and inspiring,” says a jury member Jussi Parikka, professor of technological culture and aesthetics.
The academic jury selecting the winner at Slush consisted of Jussi Parikka, Timo Honkela, Johanna Ivaska, Miiri Kotche ja Anne Toppinen.
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