Richard Harvey honoured for research excellence

15 November 2013
Richard Harvey with Jillian Skinner MP. Image Rob Tuckwell Photography (courtesy of VCCRI)

Professor Richard Harvey, Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and part of Stem Cells Australia’s Cardiac Regeneration and Repair program, has been awarded the 2013 NSW Government's Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence.

The annual award recognises the achievements of an individual in NSW who has made ‘a significant positive impact on the cardiovascular health of the state, and deserves to be recognised for their contributions to the health of society’.

Professor Harvey was presented with the award by the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, at the NSW Heart Foundation’s Cardiovascular Research Network’s ‘State of the Heart’ Showcase event in Sydney on Tuesday.

Professor Harvey’s distinguished career has focused on research into the genetic basis of heart development and congenital heart disease. In the 1990’s, he led a research team that discovered the ‘Tinman gene’, which, when defective, can stop the heart forming properly. This gene is now recognised as a master regulator of heart development, with defects causing both congenital heart diseases and heart problems in adults. Publishing last month in Nature Cell Biology, Professor Harvey reported for the first time how the same gene can also play a vital role in forming the heart’s large vessels.

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