The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has awarded its Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Implementation Science to oncologist Dr Bishal Gyawali. With the honor, Dr Gyawali has become the first Nepali recipient of the award 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 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,” said Dr Gyawali.
Dr Gyawali has been granted a fund of USD 50,000 to implement the proposal by the end of 2020.
Dr Gyawali is a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Oncology at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario (CCSEO) and assistant professor at Queen’s University.