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43rd Annual Tow Research Awards

Announcing the 43rd Annual Tow Research Awards, which will be held on Friday November 20th at the Edmund Blacket Building, Prince of Wales Hospital. Over $15,000 in prizes are awarded, including travel awards to present your work at a national or international conference. There are six different divisions of prizes to support work by early career investigators on the Randwick Hospitals Campus, including Ph.D. and other higher-degree students and recent graduates, physicians, nurses, midwives, and other allied health providers. Changes to the Tow Awards this year include: 1) A new on-line submission system through our updated website 2) A new independent Award Division specifically for research by Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Providers 3) Increased size of grants to support travel to conferences, and support to attend national as well as international conferences For more information and to submit your abstract, please go to our new website at:

About the Tow Awards

The Coast Medical Association Tow Research Day and Awards were initiated by Dr Wally Tow in 1972 who had the vision to create an annual research award for more junior researchers in the Hospital complex.

These Awards provide the only common forum on the Randwick Hospitals Campus for junior investigators to present their basic and clinical research, and are intended to foster collaborations between clinical investigators and research scientists who are located at the many research institutes and hospitals around the Randwick Hospitals Campus.

Dr Wally Tow, FRCOG (Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London) graduated in medicine from what is now the National University of Singapore in 1953, and became Professor and Chairman of its Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1965.

A friendship begun in 1958 when he was in London with fellow MRCGO aspirant Dr Roy Syred, one time Medical Superintendent, Royal Hospital for Women, and President of the Coast Association of the NSW Group of Hospitals, led to the initiation of awards at the Annual Research Meeting.

Dr Tow lives in Singapore and continues to show a personal interest in the Awards.