Savant Thakur wins Inspire Award

Congratulations Savant! You are an inspiration to us all!! Savant is a PhD student in the Department of Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, who is researching his own condition - Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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The Inspire Award is wonderful recognition of Savant Thakur’s achievements so far and for his research investigating skeletal muscle injury and repair to determine its direct relevance to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The Award includes a trophy, a certificate of achievement and a cheque for $500!

Savant was secretly nominated for an Inspire Award by Evelyn Culnane from the Transition Support Team at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) and supported by his referees Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg, Savant’s neurologist since childhood, and his supervisor and mentor, Professor Gordon Lynch, Head of the Department of Physiology.

The Inspire Awards are an initiative of the Funds in Court (of the Supreme Court of Victoria) with the support of the Transport Accident Commission, Women with Disabilities Victoria and the Portland House Foundation. They recognise the achievements of those with a disability in their chosen fields of law, human rights, architecture, advocacy, community work/volunteering, innovation, medicine and research, performing arts, policing and journalism.

The Awards ceremony was held last Thursday afternoon at the Price Waterhouse Coopers office building in Southbank, attended by dignitaries including the Chief Justice of Victoria, Marilyn Warren AC, the President of the Human Rights Commission Prof Gillian Triggs, and many others, including the President of the Australian Medical Association (Victoria), Dr. Tony Bartone.

We all congratulate Savant and wish him the very best and continued success with his research.