The Ed Krumins Young Scientist Award
Ed Krumins History
This award is named in honour of Edgars Janis Marks Krumins (02/09/49-23/09/98) in recognition of his significant and lasting contribution to cytogenetics in Australia.
Ed completed his post graduate master’s degree at the University of Melbourne, studying the cytogenetics of insect speciation under the supervision of eminent geneticist M.J.D. White. The literature review from Ed’s thesis, entitled “Hybridisation in the speciation of animals”, is held by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre as part of the M.J.D. White collection.
In the late 1970’s Ed moved his interest from insects to humans and was appointed senior medical scientist in Cytogenetics at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Over the next 10 years he grew the laboratory into one of the busiest and most progressive in the country. He helped pioneer the introduction of first trimester prenatal diagnosis, successfully seeking research funding to have CVS established at RWH by 1985. Shortly thereafter he co-authored the first report of a false-negative finding at CVS, highlighting the then largely unknown phenomenon of confined placental mosaicism, and setting the trend towards routine cytogenetic analysis of long term cultures.
In the industrial arena Ed was extremely active in advocating for appropriate recognition of the role of medical scientists in diagnostic pathology. Together with his deputy, Sam Eichenbaum, he campaigned successfully to upgrade the career structure for medical scientists within Victoria, including landmark recognition of the then HGSACC (now FHGSA) qualification. Victorian scientists continue to receive additional benefits and financial reward through improved career structure and from the recognition of the FHGSA qualification under Victorian industrial law. His strong support for education and the certification process has led to no less than eight successful FHGSA candidates completing at least part of their training under his mentorship.
In 1990 Ed demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit by establishing his own cytogenetics laboratory, Prophase Genetics. The establishment of this service led to increased competition and helped modernise cytogenetic service delivery, leading to significant reductions in sample report times and leading to improvements in laboratory efficiencies.
Ed enjoyed nothing more than socialising with friends and colleagues over a glass or two of fine red wine, and developed an enviable cellar to enable this pursuit. A man of proud Latvian heritage, he was generous in both spirit and nature, and has left a significant legacy for Australian cytogeneticists.
The award named in his honour aims to encourage young Australasian scientists to pursue and present original research in human cytogenetics. It has been awarded annually at the Australasian Society of Cytogeneticists (ASoC) Interim meeting since 1999.
Ed Krumins Award Recipients
|1999||Amanda Dixon-McIver||HAPS Newcastle|
|2000||Phillipa Kirkpatrick||Childrens Hospital Westmead|
|2001||Sarah Mitchell||Auckland, NZ|
|2002||Patricia Moore||Royal Childrens, Melbourne|
|2003||Jo-an Junio||Sydney IVF|
|2004||Agnieszka Wikiendt||HAPS Newcastle|
|2005||Amber Boys||Royal Childrens, Melbourne|
|2006||Jothy Kandasamy||Childrens Hospital Westmead|
|2008||Rachel Fraser||IMVS, Adelaide|
|2009||Daniel Bruno||Murdock Institute, Melbourne|
|2010||Vanessa Read||VCGS Path|
|2011||Stephanie Grehan||Queensland Fertility Group|
|2012||Nadine Berry||HAPS Newcastle|
|2013||Rebecca Day||Hamilton, NZ|
|2014||Benjamin Lundie||Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology|
|2015||Jayde Grace-Hood||QML Pathlogy|