8th September, 2017
PhD student wins two awards at Queenstown Research Week
Congratulations to Mauro Silva, PhD student in the Department of Physiology. Mauro is supervised by Dr Rebecca Campbell.
8th September, 2017
Triennial Medal awarded to Professor Colin Brown
Congratulations to Colin who as been chosen by the Physiological Society of NZ (PSNZ) to be the recipient of the NZ Triennial Medal.
28th August, 2017
Dr Andrew Bahn awarded Arthritis NZ Project Grant
Congratulations to Dr Bahn who has been awarded a $60K grant for his project “Identification of oxypurinol transporters to decipher drug-drug interactions in gout treatment”.
25th August, 2017
Congratulations to Lorna Daniels, PhD
Lorna Daniels’ PhD thesis has made the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Doctoral theses.
14th August, 2017
Professor Colin Brown recognised by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN)
Prof Brown has been awarded the 2017 Mortyn Jones Memorial Medal, which is awarded annually by the BSN.
25th September, 2017
Professor John Evans (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Otago Christchurch)
3rd March, 2017
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rajesh Katare who was awarded a research project grant of $88,246 over two years.
The project (with Associate Investigator Professor Michael Williams from the Department of Medicine) is entitled “Circulating microRNAs as prognostic indicator of ischemic heart disease”.
Patients with chronic ischaemic heart disease (IHD) require regular follow-up to monitor progression of the disease and response to treatment. Currently, apart from echocardiography which requires patients visiting a specialty centre which is expensive, there is no other test available to precisely monitor the heart function during regular follow-up. In this study, they aim to test whether changes in the level of circulating microRNAs reflect changes in heart function, thereby making them a potent independent prognostic marker to understand progression of IHD. Results from this study will confirm the specificity and sensitivity of the circulating microRNAs in accurately reflecting the functional state of the diseased heart. In long term, this could result in the development of a novel biomarker assay to test the prognosis of IHD.
I believe the best way to grow as a scientist is to be thrown in the deep end early on. My summer projects gave me this opportunity in a safe and fun environment, so when I started my thesis research I was already familiar with the scientific method. Having finished my PhD, I also really appreciate the boost they give my academic CV!