Savant Thakur receives another award...


Savant with Dr Nikki Cranna, Support Researcher who assisted Savant to set up lab experiments.

Well, he’s done it again! Savant Thakur is the recipient of another award – The Lionel Murphy Endowment Postgraduate Scholarship!

The award recognises Savant’s achievements and potential for success in his research on skeletal muscle biology with applications to improving muscle repair after injury and understanding and treating skeletal muscle diseases.

Savant commenced is PhD in 2015, in the School of Biomedical Sciences Department of Physiology, headed by Professor Gordon Lynch. He is researching his own condition, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), and has a single minded determination to improve the lives of people with muscular dystrophy.

The Lionel Murphy Foundation awards postgraduate scholarship annually for the study of law, science, or other disciplines where there is opportunity for common good in Australia or overseas. The Lionel Murphy Foundation was established to provide a permanent institution to honour the unique contribution to public life in Australia by the late Honourable Lionel Keith Murphy, former Attorney-General and Justice of the High Court of Australia.

The prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship is tenable for one year and valued at $40,000. As Savant already holds an Australian Postgraduate Award, the scholarship value has been adjusted to $13, 712.

Savant is the recipient of the June Oppie Fellowship and Aspire Award, and is an ambassador for DMD. On World Duchenne Awareness Day 7 September 2015, Savant invited a group of men and boys with DMD into the labs in the Department of Physiology where researchers discussed the latest research in DMD with them. Savant and Professor Gordon Lynch were later interviewed on the ABC Far North.

We congratulate Savant on the award and wish him all the best with his research.