Professor Christopher Chen Chair of Reproductive Medicine

Professor Christopher Chen Chair of Reproductive MedicineUQ's global contributions to reproductive medicine will continue for generations to come thanks to a generous endowment from alumnus Professor Christopher Chen. Professor Chen, who received a Doctor of Medicine from UQ in 2009, is considered a pioneer of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and human egg freezing, and is renowned for achieving the world’s first IVF triplet pregnancy. His $10.5 million gift supports the world’s first fully funded Chair of Reproductive Medicine, housed within the University’s Faculty Of Medicine.

After the announcement of his generous donation, Chen said, “My greatest hope is that the Chair will be able to expand upon the research I began over 30 years ago, and achieve medical advances that will benefit the University, academia and all mankind.”

Professor Chen is the past World President of the International College of Surgeons, Editor-in-Chief Singapore of International Surgery (the official journal of the International College of Surgeons), an Honorary Professor of The University of Queensland and a Conjoint Professor of the University of Newcastle. He heads the Christopher Chen Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore. Professor Chen’s donation cements his place in UQ’s philanthropic history and will position University of Queensland as a global leader in reproductive medicine.

Dr Alan Van Tran and Minh Ha Tran Indigenous Health Education Bursary

Dr Alan Van Tran and Minh Ha Tran Indigenous Health Education BursaryThese bursaries are provided by a generous and enduring gift from UQ Alumnus, Dr Alan Lan Van Tran and his wife Mrs Minh Ha Tran, and are awarded to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeking educational opportunities in health disciplines. Since the bursary’s inception in 2013, nine deserving students have benefited from the opportunities provided from the Trans’ generosity.

At the fund’s inception, Dr Tran said, “In making this gift I hope to give others the same opportunities that I and my children were given. I wish for all students with merit to be given the chance to study. I would like this gift to make an impact that improves the human condition and health.”

Melissa Carroll, 2014 recipient wrote, “The funding has delivered an enormous impact, giving me the opportunity to attend Indigenous health conferences as well as provided the financial means for me to obtain vital educational resources. Besides its monetary value, I’m extremely grateful for the donors’ generosity, as it provides Australian Indigenous students with an opportunity to feel proud of their achievements.”