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Diabetes research brings Larkins Prize for honours medical student

[ UniNews Vol. 12, No. 8  19 May - 2 June 2003 ]

The annual Larkins Prize for the top honours student in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital and Western Hospital) was awarded recently at the unveiling of a portrait of Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Larkins.

The $1000 Larkins Prize went to Ms Margaret Shaw who worked with Dr Jenny Favaloro (Medicine) to develop an improved mouse model for studying the genes implicated in Type II diabetes.

The Larkins Prize offers support to students in the early stages of their research careers. This is the fourth year the prize, sponsored by the Department, has been awarded.

Professor Larkins is a past head of the Department of Medicine (RMH/WH). His portrait is part of a tradition started by the Department.

The portrait was painted by noted artist Paul Fitzgerald, who has done portraits of Sir Robert Menzies, Dr Mannix and Sir John Allison. It will hang in the Department of Medicine’s seminar room at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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