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OSMS Staff and Students secure Otago Lottery Health Grants!
Congratulations to the eight staff members from the OSMS who were successful in the last round of Lottery Health grants. The OSMS prides itself on the excellence of its research, which would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of its staff and students.
These grants highlight the high level of competency and professionalism in the School, and it is very pleasing to note that we continue to produce such ground breaking and innovative research.
Successful OSMS awardees are:
Professor Greg Cook (Microbiology and Immunology) - $86,218 for whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates for rapid diagnosis and genotyping.
Dr Elsepth Gold (Anatomy) secured $50,222 to search for a signature indicative of aggressive prostate cancer in tissue biopsies.
Dr James Ussher (Microbiology & Immunology) was awarded $41,008 to work on rapid detection of antibiotic resistance through LC-MS.
Dr Joanna Williams (Anatomy) was granted $120,000 to identify the prognostic value of a novel Alzheimer’s disease-related composite biomarker.
A number of OSMS staff received shared equipment grants:
Dr Augustine Chen (Biochemistry) - $50,000 to purchase shared equipment for automated high throughput cell imaging.
Dr Peter Jones (Physiology) - $50,000 to install a high speed, high sensitivity camera.
Professor Kurt Krause (Biochemistry) - $79,054 to set up an automated Protein Crystallography incubation and imaging facility.
Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge (Microbiology & Immunology) received a PhD Scholarship ($120,000) to support her research into understanding how the host immune response improves patient prognosis in colorectal cancer.
For a comprehensive list of all Otago Lottery Health grant recipients, please click here.
Staff member and student awarded prestigious funding
The Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) would like to congratulate Dr James Ussher (Microbiology and Immunology) for his recent success in being awarded a Health Research Council (HRC) Emerging Research Grant. Dr Ussher was awarded $150,000, over a term of three years, for his project titled Mucosalassociated invariant T cells: mechanisms of bacterial control in humans.
PhD student, Gail Elliot, was recently awarded the prestigious Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Anthropology. Only one grant is awarded each year internationally. Gail received the grant to fund her PhD project that will test a universally applied model for the relationship between agricultural intensification and physical health.
The OSMS is extremely proud that two such promising, up and coming researchers have been recognised and rewarded for their research contributions.
Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie due for TV appearance!
Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie from the Anatomy department is due to appear on Māori Television’s flagship current affairs show Native Affairs tonight, Monday May 25 at 8:30pm. The show will highlight Dr Parr-Brownlie’s rise through university as both a student, then as a lecturer, and will also look at her position as a leading researcher into Parkinson’s disease.
To view the promo for tonight’s episode please click here. If you happen to miss Dr Parr-Brownlie’s appearance tonight, it will be available on demand following the initial broadcast.
Summer Studentship Prize Winners Announced!
The Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) would like to congratulate Susan Xian from the Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Matthew Fields from the Anatomy for winning the Dean’s Prize for the best summer research reports.
The Summer Research Scholarship Committee received a total thirty-two reports, and Susan and Michael’s research reports were the clear winners.
Susan’s report focused on the use of synthetic cannabinoids to combat breast and prostate cancer. Susan’s research aims to help produce more effective cancer drugs while also minimizing the adverse affects of treatment. Dr Khaled Greish from the Pharmacology and Toxicology department supervised Susan’s research.
Matthew’s report looked at methods to predict the likelihood of a person being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms develop. To do this Matthew’s research focuses on identifying biomarkers that can be used to identify the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease develop later in life. Dr Joanna Williams from the Anatomy department supervised Matthew’s research.
The OSMS expects great things in the future from such promising researchers!