An Indian migrant to Australia Dr. Sonu Bhaskar has won the prestigious Australian Global Talent Award recently for his contributions to medicine and his efforts to discover the causes of stroke.
He is a medical entrepreneur who is credited with setting up the world’s first blood clot biobank in Sydney.
The award which is given by Advance.org, a Sydney-based non-profit organization is supported by the Australian government. More than 400 nominations were received for the 2022 Global Australian Awards.
In the past Indian business leaders like Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw have also received the award from Global Australian Awards.
The award received by Bhaskar has been added as the new category for the Global Australian Awards.
Bhaskar had a modest upbringing being brought up in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.
His grandfather and parents are his real inspiration who motivated him to work hard. In his school days, he would study under kerosene lamps due to the unavailability of electricity and walk several kilometers to reach school each day.
He had studied medicine and neurosciences at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) under a scholarship program. Later he started his research into neuroradiology, neurophysiology, and neuroimaging techniques, with a particular focus on stroke patients.
According to him, Strokes are the leading killers but there is lesser awareness that strokes also cause the brain to clot. In 30-40 percent of stroke cases, we face the inability to trace their origin or cause. This has made me concentrate my efforts on this issue and established a blood clot bank in Sydney.
He has won many wards and accolades including the 2019 European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Investigator Award, the 2020 Rotary Vocational Excellence Award, the 2021 Paul Harris Fellow recognition, the European Union’s Marie Curie Fellowship, and the Prof AR Rao Young Scientist Award.
He migrated to Australia in 2013 and completed a Doctorate in Medicine at Newcastle University. After this, he completed his postdoctoral degree at Western Sydney University and Sydney University.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led a not-for-profit think tank, called the Pandemic Health System Resilience Program.