Richard Harvey awarded prestigious NSW Premier’s Prize

02 November 2018
Congratulations Professor Richard Harvey.
Professor Richard Harvey, from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and University of New South Wales (UNSW), won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences.

As a world-leading developmental cardiologist, his discoveries have revealed the genetic mechanisms of heart development and major causes of congenital heart disease in children, including his team's recent breakthrough in understanding how the pumping chambers of the heart are formed in the foetal heart.

Professor Harvey, who is Co-Deputy Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, said: “It is one of the greatest honours to be recognised by one’s peers. I’m deeply indebted to my wonderful colleagues who have been the hands and minds behind our work, and my co-journeymen and women. I must also acknowledge the Victor Chang Institute and UNSW for their trust and support, and for all those who have a vision of the power of science for good.”

Professor Harvey holds the endowed Sir Peter Finley Professorship of Heart Research at UNSW and is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, as well as the Royal Society of London and EMBO. Professor Harvey co-led Stem Cells Australia’s Cardiac Regeneration and Repair research program and now co-leads the Disease Modelling research program, where he is working with colleagues to model human diseases using induced pluripotent stem cell models. .

Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented awards to Professor Richard Harvey and other recipients, at a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday night. 

Ms Berejiklian said the prizes were a chance to acknowledge the often-unsung contribution that NSW scientists and engineers make to our everyday lives.

“The NSW government is committed to providing our finest scientists and engineers with the support they need to come up with ingenious solutions to our state’s real-world challenges,” she said.

The annual prizes, awarded in 10 categories, reward leading researchers, innovators and educators for cutting-edge work that has led to economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for NSW.

The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, said this year’s winners illustrated the strength of NSW research across disciplines and career stages.

“Congratulations to all our winners and I offer my thanks for the outstanding contribution they have made to science, engineering and education in NSW,” he said.

 Professor Richard Harvey is a Chief Investigator with Stem Cells Australia. 

For more information:
Read more on the University of New South Wales and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute websites.