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Otago Gains Health Research Funding

Otago Gains Health Research Funding


University of Otago researchers have been awarded nearly $19 million for 24 contracts in the latest Health Research Council funding round.

The funding will allow researchers from across the University's three campuses in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch to embark on research that improves the health and well-being of the nation.

The 24 contracts range from identifying ways to reduce crashes among new drivers to exploring how inequalities in health might be reduced to investigating the role of oxidants and antioxidants in inflammatory diseases.

Dunedin-based researchers gain $5.19 million, while scientists at the University’s Christchurch and Wellington Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences receive $10.64 million and $3.05 million respectively.

Health Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Holloway says that she is “very pleased” that there have been successful applicants in all four Schools of Medicine - the medical schools in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington and the Otago School of Medical Sciences.

“It is also very encouraging to see that a grant has been awarded in the School of Physiotherapy, which shows how research is beginning to develop in this professional discipline within the University of Otago.

"I am very pleased that there have been extensions to the two large programme grants in Christchurch with Professor Christine Winterbourn and Professor Mark Richards, as well as funding for a new health inequalities programme in Wellington under the leadership of Associate Professor Tony Blakely.

"It is also very good to see support has been obtained for Professor Jim Mann's Ngati Porou Haurora Diabetes programme on the East Coast, given that this is an important disease to address among the Maori population."

A full list of the new University of Otago HRC contracts follows below:

ENDS


Dunedin Campus:

Dr Dorothy Begg, Professor John Langley, Associate Professor John Broughton,
Dr Shanthi Ameratunga, Ms Rebecca Brookland
Injury Prevention Research Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, 03 479 8509
New Zealand Drivers Study: a follow-up study of newly licensed drivers, 48 months, $690,106 (Additional funding for this project is provided by ACC $600,000 and Road Safety Trust $200,000).

Dr Greg Anderson, Dr David Grattan
Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 479 5993
The link between nutrition and fertility, 36 months, $546,529

Dr Paul Hessian, Associate Professor John Highton, Professor Malcolm Smith
Department of Physiology, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 479 7481
CD21L and clinical outcomes for rheumatoid arthritis, 36 months, $958,295

Dr Elizabeth Ledgerwood, Dr Michael Hubbard, Dr Fabian Lecomte
Department of Biochemistry, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 4795195
Functional analysis of ERp29, a protein-folding assistant up-regulated in cancer, 36 months, $912,452

Dr Elizabeth Ledgerwood, Dr Ian Morison
Department of Biochemistry, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 4795195
Utility for a cell-death mutation from a healthy family?, 12 months, $121,205

Professor Jim Mann, Dr David Tipene-Leach, Dr Kirsten McAuley, Dr Sally Abel, Dr Sheila Williams, Dr Nathan Joseph, Ms Helen Pahau, Dr Kirsten Coppell
Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research, University of Otago, 03 479 7719
Ngati Porou Hauora Prevent Diabetes Project, 12 months, $126,456

Mr Stephan Milosavljevic, Associate Professor Peter Milburn, Dr Allan Carman, Professor Jack Callaghan
Department of Physiotherapy, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 479 7193
Cumulative loads on the body in wool harvesting, 18 months, $121,132

Professor Stephen Robertson, Dr Zandra Jenkins
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, 0 3 479 7469
The functions of filamins: understanding the genetics of congenital malformations, 12 months, $310,765

Professor Warren Tate, Dr Russell Poulter, Dr Elizabeth Poole, Dr Chris Brown
Department of Biochemistry, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 479 7839
Post-transcriptional processes as drug target for HIV & Hepatitis B & C viruses, 36 months, $1,302,420

Dr Sarah Young, Dr Vernon Ward, Dr Kenneth Beagley, Dr Margaret Baird
Department of Microbiology, Otago School of Medical Sciences, 03 479 9084
Virus-like particles to deliver a 'wipe on' vaccine against Chlamydia, 12 months, $102,710

Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences:

Mrs Gillian Abel, Dr Cheryl Brunton, Ms Lisa Fitzgerald
Department of Public Health & General Practice, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 03 364 0619
The impact of the Prostitute Reform Act on the health and safety practices of sex workers, 36 months, $516,736

Ms Suzanne Pitama, Professor Mark Richards, Mr Paul Robertson, Dr Vicky Cameron, Dr Matea Gillies
Department of Public Health & General Practice, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 3635
Feasibility study to determine cardiovascular health in Maori communities, 12 months, $108,070

Dr Janet Carter, Dr Janice McKenzie, Dr Virginia McIntosh, Dr Suzanne Luty, Dr Marie Crowe, Professor Peter Joyce, Ms Jennifer Jordan, Dr Jane O'Malley
Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 372 0400
Psychotherapy factors related to outcome in depression, 36 months, $293,827

Dr Chris Charles, Professor Mark Richards, Dr Miriam Rademaker, Professor Tim Yandle
Christchurch Cardioendocrine Research Group, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 0543
Adrenomedullin 2: a new effector in pressure/volume homeostasis?, 36 months, $706,416

Professor Brian Darlow, Dr Roland Broadbent, Dr Carl Kuschel, Associate Professor Mark Elder, Dr Michael Meyer, Associate Professor Cynthia Cole, Dr Michael Hewson
Department of Paediatrics, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 0747
What oxygen saturation level should we target in very preterm infants? - a Randomised Control Trial, 48 months, $798,975

Professor Zoltan Endre, Professor Robert Walker, Associate Professor John Leader, Dr Geoffrey Shaw
Department of Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 1847
Early intervention in acute renal failure, 36 months, $899,320


Dr Chris Pemberton, Professor Mark Richards, Dr Chris Charles, Professor Tim Yandle, Dr Steven Soule
Department of Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 0848
C-ghrelin: A novel link between metabolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, 36 months, $855,367

Professor Mark Richards, Dr Vicky Cameron, Dr Chris Charles, Dr Robert Doughty, Dr John Lainchbury; Dr Barry Palmer, Dr Miriam Rademaker, Dr Richard Troughton, Associate Professor Tim Yandle
Department of Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 1117
Humoral, ultrasonographic & genetic prediction & protection in heart disease, 36 months, $3,672,281

Professor Christine Winterbourn, Associate Professor Anthony Kettle, Dr Margret Vissers, Dr Mark Hampton
Department of Pathology, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 03 364 0564
Oxidants, antioxidants and inflammatory disease, 36 months, $2,791,000


Wellington School of Medicine & Health Sciences:


Associate Professor Tony Blakely, Ms Bridget Robson, Dr Papaarangi Reid, Dr Peter Crampton, Dr Kevin Dew, Dr Diana Sarfati
Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 04 385 5541 ext 6086
Health inequalities research programme, 36 months, $2,019,188

Dr Deborah McLeod, Ms Bridget Robson, Dr Peter Crampton, Dame Anne Salmond, Professor Anthony Dowell, Ms Donna Cormack, Mr Tom Love, Mr Michael Howard
Department of General Practice, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 04 385 5541 ext 5621
General practice enrolment, utilisation and disease management 2001 & 2005, 24 months, $412,725

Dr Anna Sansom, Associate Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor Chris Cunningham, Dr Kevin Dew, Dr Mark Weatherall, Ms Jo-Ani Robinson, Dr Sarah Dean
Department of Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 04 385 5999 ext 4879
Exploring the housing needs and experiences of people with disability in New Zealand, 24 months, $372,998

Dr Robert Siebers
Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 04 385 5541 ext 6838
Early life fungal biomass exposure and development of allergic diseases, 12 months, $108,368

Ms Vera Keefe-Ormsby, Mr Gordon Purdie, Dr Pauline Koopu, Dr Hugh Trengrove
Eru Pomare Maori Health Research Centre,
Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 04 385 5924
Hospital oral health services use in the Wellington region, 18 months, $132,561

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