Arthur Nyulasy Prize 2023

Pictured Dr Natasha de Alwis

Dr Natasha de Alwis has been awarded the The Arthur Nyulasy Prize for 2023 for their significant contribution to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

During Dr de Alwis' PhD candidature and in their 21-months post PhD-conferral, they published 24 manuscripts (12 first author, 1 senior author) in peer-reviewed scientific journals with 145 citations and a h-index of 5 – Scopus / 7 - Google Scholar. All of Dr de Alwis' research papers are in the area of obstetric research, particularly on improving the understanding of the pathophysiology underpinning serious complications of pregnancy, and developing novel therapeutic strategies to treat them.

Dr Arthur John Nyulasy (1865 – 1924) was a senior Gynaecologist who spent several years studying at the University of Melbourne, who completed a year in civil engineering before transferring to medicine and then completing his medical training in Britain. For thirteen years ending February 1924, Arthur Nyulasy, was the senior gynaecologist to the Perth Hospital in Western Australia.
After his death, his brother, Dr Francis Armand Nyulasy, bequeathed to the University the sum of £1,000 to fund a prize or scholarship in Arthur Nyulasy’s memory. Aligned with the Trust deed, this prize has been awarded annually to a student who has received a degree in Medicine at the University of Melbourne within the previous 10 years (but not less than one year) relevant to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology who has made the most significant contribution to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) through a thesis or other published research.

The prize, first awarded in 1938, is to be awarded by Council on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences who before making any such recommendation must consult the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It is anticipated that one award of up to $10,000 will be made annually.

Congratulations Natasha for your important and ongoing contributions in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology!