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Recognition for Teaching Stars
27 September 2016
OSMS staff members won five of the seven awards at last week’s OUSA Teaching Awards.
Dr Annika Bokor, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, was awarded the Top Teacher award.
The Runner-up for the Top Teacher Award went to Dr Matt Bevin, Professional Practice Fellow in the Department of Physiology.
Dr Brad Hurren, Teaching Fellow in the Anatomy Department, won both the Top Tutor/Lab Demonstrator Award and a Top Five Teacher Award.
Mr Tony Zaharic, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, was awarded the Disability Awareness and Inclusive Teaching Award.
It is wonderful to see this recognition for the School’s teaching staff, congratulations!
Read more about the awards on the Otago Bulletin page.
Timekeeping in the Neural Network Controlling Fertility
1 August 2016
Dr Richard Piet (Department of Physiology) was recently awarded $1,074,371 in funding by the Health Research Council for his work on Timekeeping in the neural network controlling fertility.
Fertility is governed by complex neuronal circuits in the hypothalamus, which converge onto the gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons. Dysregulation of these circuits are thought to be a fundamental mechanism in the pathophysiology of conditions of infertility. Infertility affects an estimated 10% of couples of reproductive age world-wide and has a significant impact on the well-being of affected couples. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of female infertility, and is associated with ovulatory dysfunction, in addition to distressing symptoms such as abnormal menstrual bleeding, hirsutism, male-pattern baldness and acne.
Dr. Richard Piet and Department of Physiology colleague Dr. Rebecca Campbell hypothesized that regulation of the GnRH neuronal network by the central circadian clock, which plays a key role in timing the neuroendocrine events leading to ovulation, might be impaired in an experimental model that replicates the key features of PCOS. The research team will use state-of-the art neuroscience approaches to investigate the specific brain circuits involved in keeping time within the GnRH neuronal network under both physiological and pathological conditions.
It is anticipated that these studies will improve our understanding of the brain mechanisms involved in the control of reproductive function, and may open future new avenues for therapeutic strategies in treating infertility.
20 July 2016
Leila Nicholson’s photo Camping under the Galactic Kiwi was awarded the prize for the Best Photo by a Student at last week’s prize giving for the OSMS Photo Competition.
People from as far afield as Japan and France visited the exhibition and voted for their favourite photo. Camping under the Galactic Kiwi was also awarded the Public’s Choice Award and Leila’s other entries also proved very popular.
A random name was drawn from the votes and that person will receive a framed copy of their favourite photo, which was again Camping under the Galactic Kiwi...