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Dr Lisa Connor joins Research For Life

Dr Lisa Connor joins Research For Life’s Research Advisory Committee

Dr Lisa Connor, a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences and former Senior Research Fellow at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has joined Research For Life’s Research Advisory Committee. The Research Advisory Committee evaluates applications for funding in terms of their scientific merit, methodology, likely outcomes and outputs.

Lisa has a PhD in Immunology from Otago University and a BMSC (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from Victoria University of Wellington.

She succeeds former Committee member Professor Graham Le Gros, Chief Executive and Director of Research at the Malaghan Institute. Graham stepped down from the Research Advisory Committee late last year after having been a member of the Committee since 1998.

The committee’s other members are Dr Rebecca Grainger (Chair), Dr David Ackerley, Dr Peter Bethwaite, Professor Anne La Flamme, Professor Brett Delahunt, Associate Professor Peter Larsen, Professor John H Miller and Dr Robert Weinkove.

Dr Rebecca Grainger, Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, said: “Lisa is a highly respected medical researcher and we welcome her appointment to the Research Advisory Committee. Lisa brings fresh perspectives and great knowledge of science to the committee as an up and coming researcher. Lisa was awarded the prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Research Fellowship in 2018 to support her research into the immune system.”

“Graham Le Gros has served the Research Advisory Committee for over 20 years and provided expert advice in the review of grant applications. The Research Advisory Committee will miss his input and we wish him well.”

Established in 1960, the Foundation funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Last year, Research for Life made 12 research grants and nine travel grants worth $173,609. Recent projects funded included research into the basic understanding of cancer, kidney disease and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma.

Grants have been made to researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington - School of Medicine and Health Science; the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research; Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences; Massey University, Wellington; and ESR (The Institute of Environmental Science and Research).


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