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OSMS Agricultural & Food Research Gathering Momentum
Recently Professor Vernon Ward, Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) sat down with NZX journalist Mr Gerald Hall to discuss the significant research contribution that the OSMS is making in the agricultural and food industries in New Zealand, and internationally.
Professor Ward also talked about his personal experience, as both a student and researcher. This included his time spent at the University of Otago as a student, before he travelled to the United Kingdom, and the United States to gain invaluable postdoctoral experience. At the conclusion of his postdoctoral experience, Professor Ward came full-circle, and returned to the University of Otago to take up a teaching and research position.
Professor Ward also discussed the difficulties faced by researchers in the modern era, such as increasingly competitive funding rounds, and the need for increasingly expensive equipment. However, the researchers at the OSMS have overcome these difficulties, and have combined their hard work and innovative thinking to truly establish the School as a true world leader in research.
To read Mr Hall’s full interview with Professor Ward, please click on the link below.
Two OSMS Academic Staff win esteemed awards
The Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) is proud to congratulate Dr Roslyn Kemp, and Dr Rebecca Campbell for receiving extremely prestigious individual awards.
Dr Roslyn Kemp (Microbiology & Immunology) was the winner of a national Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching award. Dr Kemp was one of twelve academics from across New Zealand to be recognised at an awards dinner on August 11. Dr Kemp’s award was for her on going innovative and engaging teaching of Immunology at the tertiary level.
This was the second time in 2015 that Dr Kemp had been honoured for her teaching, as she also received a University of Otago award for excellence in teaching earlier this year.
Dr Rebecca Campbell (Physiology) was named the winner of the Health Sciences Division Supervisor of the Year award for her work with postgraduate students in her department. This year a total of 160 nominations were received from across the University’s four divisions, which shows how well regarded Dr Campbell is by her students, and how hard she works to ensure her they’s have the best possible support as they progress through their postgraduate courses.
Both Dr Kemp and Dr Campbell thoroughly deserved their awards, and the OSMS is thrilled to have them both contributing to the ongoing teaching excellence within the School.
For full stories, please use the links below.
- Dr Roslyn Kemp receives national Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award
- Dr Rebecca Campbell recognised as Health Sciences Postgrad Supervisor of the Year
Professor Clive Ronson published in prestigious Nature journal
Professor Clive Ronson (Microbiology & Immunology) is one of a team of international researchers who have worked together to improve our scientific understanding of how legumes are able to tell helpful and harmful bacteria apart.
Their research showed that a membrane-bound receptor kinase (a type of enzyme) encoded by the Epr3 gene binds directly with exopolysaccharides and regulates helpful bacteria’s course through the plant’s epidermal cell layer.
Professor Ronson commented that the mechanism governing microbiota colonisation of hosts is poorly understood and that the identification of an exopolysaccharide receptor is likely to inspire new approaches to understand the interaction between multicellular organisms and microbes.
Their findings, which alter the understanding of carbohydrates as signal molecules, have been published in the internationally recognized journal Nature.
For more information about Professor Ronson’s research, please click here for the full story
OSMS Assistant Research Fellow awarded esteemed prize
Congratulations to University of Otago’s Alice McSweeney (Microbiology & Immunology) on being awarded the 2015 Summer Research Scholarship Renshaw Prize.
The Renshaw prize is awarded annually by the Otago Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), and is named after one of the founders of the OMRF, the late Dr P.K. Renshaw.
The award is given to the student who is judged to have made the most worthwhile contribution to medical research. Alice’s winning research was titled How does mouse norovirus exit from cells?
For more information about the Renshaw Prize, and the OMRF please click here.