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Discoveries and progress by our medical community are supported through our Fellowships, scholarships and grants.
Prizes are awarded to those who have demonstrated excellence in their field and contributed significantly to the College and medicine.
Dr Atul Malhotra
Neonatologist Dr Atul Malhotra received the RACP Research Entry Scholarship in 2015 as he commenced his PhD in Basic Science.
“Moving from a full-time clinical consultant position to a part-time clinical role was a big step in my career and the Scholarship made the decision that much easier. Not only did it provide me with a cushion for the financial hit I was about to take, it also gave me the head start I needed for my academic CV in this highly competitive era in research funding,” he said.
Atul’s PhD research was in perinatal brain injury using a basic science model of growth restriction in fetal sheep. He studied some of the mechanisms involved in brain injury associated with fetal growth restriction, a condition which affects 5-8% newborn infants in Australia. His research work resulted in multiple collaborations with experts in the field of physiology, neurodevelopment, neuroprotection, neuro imaging and regenerative medicine. It also created other exciting opportunities for Atul, including involvement in the first-in human trial of stem cell therapy for another common disease of prematurity, chronic lung disease.
Presently, Atul is working on the next phase of this translational work in preventing chronic lung disease in newborns and will soon begin regenerative therapy trials for brain injury in newborns.
In addition to his scholarship, Atul was awarded the Eric Burnard Fellowship, a study grant to support his ground breaking work in educational simulation programs in maternal and neonatal health in low and middle-income countries. This work led to the establishment of the ONE-Sim (Obstetric and Neonatal Emergency Simulation) program, which successfully operates in several countries.
Atul is currently a consultant neonatologist at the Monash Children's Hospital, senior lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics in Monash University and research scientist at Hudson Institute of Medical Research.
“I will always be indebted to the Burnard Family, the RACP Foundation and Fellows for the generous support I received during the tenure of my Scholarship.”
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