Scholarships for bright students

The Perth community is backing young medical researchers who have the potential to improve future health in the areas of cancer, ageing, neuromuscular conditions and mitochondrial disease.

The Axis Financial group, Colliers International and two individuals have awarded top-up scholarships to talented PhD students who are studying and carrying out medical research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

A number of individuals from the community are helping to support four honours students with excellent academic records, after offering to contribute to the Perkins’ scholarship fund due to a strong belief in education.

Scholarships presentation 15

Back row: Chris Wallis, Jordan Boutillier, John Exton, Joanne van Vuuren,
Kevin Dwyer, Lisa Smart, Murray Westphal, Nicole Ferreira, Jillian Brown
Front row: Jeanette Shorto, Thomas Matthews, Elliot Nunn, Kim Nguen.

It is the inaugural round of top-up scholarships at the Perkins and a total of 8 bright young researchers will benefit from the generosity of the donors.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Christopher Wallis, PhD student, Synthetic Biology and Drug Discovery (Colliers)
  • Lisa Smart, PhD student, WA Centre for Health and Ageing (Jean Kahan Memorial Scholarship)
  • Joanne van Vuuren, PhD student, Leukaemia (Axis Financial Group)
  • Jordan Boutilier, PhD student, Neurogenetic Diseases (Individual scholarship from Doreen)
  • Nicola Ferreira, Honours student, Mitochondrial Medicine and Biology (WA Community scholarship)
  • Matthew Thomas, Honours student, Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology (WA Community scholarship)
  • Elliot Nunn, Honours student, Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology (WA Community scholarship)
  • Kim Nguen, Honours student, Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology (WA Community scholarship).
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