Dr. Bishal Gyawali, Clinical Fellow in the Department of Oncology at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario (CCSEO) and assistant professor at Queen’s University is the first-ever recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Implementation Science.
The YIA provides research funding to early-career investigators to encourage and promote quality research in global oncology and to develop the next generation researchers to address global health needs.
As part of his successful proposal Dr. Gyawali will be looking to implement an education model focused on training primary care providers in low-income countries on the basics of chemotherapy, which will allow patients in rural settings to receive care closer to home. He will begin this work in his home country of Nepal.
“Patients in rural parts of the country normally have to travel significant distances to the capital to receive treatment, but if we can train the primary care doctors on the basics of chemotherapy patients will be able to receive care closer to home,” says Dr. Gyawali.
The grant is for $50,000 USD and the proposal is to be implemented by the end of 2020.
“We will begin with developing curriculum and piloting among some primary care doctors and getting their feedback before a full launch,” says Dr. Gyawali. “I would like to thank all of my dear mentors for helping me in this grant writing and sharing the pleasure of its success.”