Congratulations to Chelsea Perera

Chelsea Perera was awarded the Department Honours Award and the Richard Larkins Prize for 2018.The annual Parkville Precinct Student Awards were held on May 1 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Function Centre.

Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AO and Chelsea Perera
Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AO and Chelsea Perera

At these awards, Chelsea Perera was awarded the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women’s and Mercy Hospitals, Department Honours Award 2018, in recognition for her outstanding performance in the Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital Honours Program, The University of Melbourne.

In 2018, Chelsea completed a Bachelor in Biomedicine with Honours majoring in Cell and Development with a Reproduction and Development specialisation.

The honours project was completed at the Pregnancy Research Centre, Royal Women's Hospital under the supervision of Dr Bill Kalionis, Dr Maria Kokkinos, Dr Harry Georgiou and Professor Shaun P Brennecke.

Professor Sue Walker AO, Dr Bill Kalionis, Chelsea Perera, Associate Professor Harry Georgiou
Professor Sue Walker AO, Dr Bill Kalionis, Chelsea Perera, Associate Professor Harry Georgiou

The project was an investigation of the expression and role of endoglin in decidual mesenchymal stem/stromal cells in preeclampsia.

In addition to this Award, Chelsea was received the prestigious Richard Larkins Prize 2018 which is awarded to the student with the highest grade in the Medicine, RMH Honours Program who completed their degree that year.

This award is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AO who also presented the award to Chelsea on the night.

Professor Larkin held the positions of Head of Department of Medicine (RMH/WH) and the James Stewart Professor of Medicine from 1984 – 1998.

He was the second James Stewart Professor of Medicine of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and under his leadership the Honours Program in the Department of Medicine (RMH/WH) was established.

He was subsequently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences from 1998 – 2003 at the University of Melbourne prior to taking up as position as Vice Chancellor and President of Monash University (2003-2009).

Chelsea is currently studying a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology wish Chelsea the best of luck in all her future studies and career and congratulate her on her outstanding achievements!