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Health Research Excellence Awards Recipients

Monday, 3 July 2017 10:29am

Celebrating Health Research Excellence Partnerships

The ongoing and unique research partnership between the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Southern District Health Board was acknowledged at the annual Health Research Excellence Awards on Thursday 27th June, where staff from both organisations gathered to acknowledge researchers and research initiatives.

Hosted by Professor Stephen Robertson, DSM’s Associate Dean of Research, with the Dean of Dunedin School of Medicine, Professor Barry Taylor presenting the DSM Dean’s Medal for Research Excellence; Professor Richard Blaikie, DVC Research and Enterprise, presenting the significant Research Development Awards; and Chris Fleming, Chief Executive of the Southern DHB, presenting the Southern DHB Health Service Delivery Award.

Full list of awards:

THE HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY RESEARCH AWARD
Christine Ho (Southern DHB ); Associate Professor Michael Schultz (Department of Medicine) and Dr Andrew McCombie (Department of Surgery, University of Otago, Chch) Teleconsulting for patients living in rural areas who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

The Heath Service Delivery Research Award is an initiative between a Southern DHB team in Gastroenterology and DSM researchers is to facilitate research which focusses on improved delivery of health services, with the grant enabling the recipients to continue to build on the close relationship between Southern DHB and Dunedin School of Medicine. This winning research application addresses the role of teleconsulting in rural areas of the Southern DHB, with the trial analysing the effectiveness of teleconsulting with rural patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A successful trial outcome could result in improved care and support of patients who live in rural areas, and deliver a more cost-effective health delivery service. Patients who would normally face long travel distances to the city could experience fewer disruptions such as less time off work or school. Given the large geographical area of Southern DHB, teleconsulting is a particularly relevant topic for research.

DEAN'S RESEARCH MEDAL 2017– IN RECOGNITION OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
Professor Paul Glue
(Psychological Medicine) Watch Paul's acceptance speech here (MP4)

The DSM Dean’s Medal for Research Excellence is awarded for exceptional and sustained work in research in the Dunedin School of Medicine.
This year, the Medal was awarded to Professor Paul Glue, Head of Department of Psychological Medicine, DSM, who is widely known for his work on the development of novel therapeutics for affective disorders and learning disorders, and biomarkers in anxiety. Professor Glue's research focuses on clinical and basic science, with areas of interest including the pharmacology of drug treatments in psychiatry and the investigation of disease mechanisms in neurological and psychiatric disorders. He is also interested in technical aspects of clinical trial design, including trialling simulation and modelling. Professor Glue has published extensively, with more than 300 papers, abstracts and book chapters to his name.

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT AWARD
Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble, (General Practice and Rural Health)
Rural Health Research Network

The first of the two Research Development Investment Awards, was awarded to Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble of the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, for her work in establishing the Rural Health Research Network. This Network will promote and improve the health of rural New Zealanders by working alongside rural communities, health providers and iwi across the country to identify the issues that matter to them. Improved health outcomes and systems of healthcare delivery will be achieved by ensuring a sustainable, fit for purpose, rural healthcare workforce, and undertaking research that informs evidence based rural healthcare policy and delivery. Initial funding will support the building of the infrastructure network from its current informal basis into a sustainable consortium. The Rural Health Research Network will also work closely with Māori communities to address issues of health and health care for rural Māori.

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT AWARD - HAUMI WHAKAWHANAKE RANGAHA - HAUORA MĀORI                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dr Emma Wyeth, (Preventive and Social Medicine)
A comprehensive and sustainable research platform to understand and improve the health and well-being of Māori

This newly established Research Development Award, presented to Dr Emma Wyeth of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine’s Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit will support an overarching strategy to advance the development of a sustainable research infrastructure that contributes to understanding and improving the health and well-being of Māori, including specifically for Ngāi Tahu. It plans to foster Ngāi Tahu and Māori health research collaborations and increase capacity and capability of the Ngāi Tahu and Māori health research workforce. The strategy proposes three broad themes for research activity: to facilitate the access to, and use of, accurate Māori health and well-being data; investigate and improve access to, and quality of care received from, health services for Māori; and scope and develop interventions to improve Māori and Ngāi Tahu health and well-being outcomes. This award will support a Research Fellow to work within the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit, as well the establishment of an expert advisory group and a wider Ngāi Tahu health research network to assist in progressing these themes and identifying future opportunities to enhance Ngāi Tahu health and well-being.

RESEARCH SUPPORT PERSON
Ms Gaye Ellis (Women’s and Children’s Health)

BEST COLLABORATION AWARD
Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee (Pathology)
DNA methylation as a dynamic epigenetic mark: the developmental plasticity of behavioural traits in an isogenic lineage of the mangrove rivulus

BEST RESEARCH PUBLICATION
Associate Professor Greg Jones (Surgical Sciences)
Genome-wide association studies for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm identifies four new disease-specific risk loci

Dr Louise Bicknell (Pathology)
Mutations in DONSON disrupt replication fork stability and cause microcephalic dwarfism

Dr Sunali Mehta (Pathology)
A study of TP53 RNA splicing illustrates pitfalls of RNA-seq methodology

BEST PUBLISHED PAPER BY A MASTER'S OR A PHD STUDENT
Ms Emma Wade (Women’s and Children’s Health)
Mutations in MAP3K7 that alter the activity of the TAK1 signalling complex cause frontometaphyseal dysplasia

GIL BARBEZAT SUMMER STUDENTSHIP PRIZE
Tanja de Wilde
Patterns of screen use and the adverse associations with sleep among New Zealand adolescents

DSM DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS
Dr Cherie Stayner (Medicine)
Best Research Support Person

Ms Louise Fangupo (Medicine)
Best Student Publication

Dr Emma Tumilty (General Practice and Rural Health)
Jan Breward Award for Research Excellence in General Practice

Dr Helen Paterson (Women’s and Children’s Health)
Outstanding contribution to research in Women’s Health

Dr Gagan Gurung (Preventive and Social Medicine)
Preventive and Social Medicine Early Career Researcher Award

THE FRANCES COTTER SCHOLARSHIP
Dr Kern Chai (Medicine)

THE LADY KING SCHOLARSHIP
Dr Annika Sjoeholm (Women's and Children's Health)

NEW RESEARCHER STARTUP AWARD

• Dr Sharon Pattison (Medicine)

Dr Katherine Hall (General Practice and Rural Health)

SUPER SUMMER STUDENTS
James Nuttall (Medicine)
Does the underlying disease process influence quality of life post-ostomy surgery? A cross-sectional survey of ostomy patients

Joshua Quon (Medicine)
Co-prescription of Simvastatin with contraindicated drugs in NZ: retrospective cohort study based on national health and dispensing data

Sashika Samaranayaka (Medicine)
Relationship between polypharmacy and hospital admissions among end stage kidney disease patients

AWARDS FOR BEST DSM POSTGRADUATE POSTER

1st Prize: Sarada Ketharnathan (PhD student, Pathology)
2nd Prize: Gloria Dainty, (PhD student Women’s and Children’s Health)
3rd Prize: Joshua Harris (PhD student Pathology)

Special awards for early researchers:

Ben Halliday (PhD student, Women’s and Children’s Health); and Douglas Gaskarth (BBioMedSc(Hons) Pathology)

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For more information on these Awards, please contact: Dunedin School of Medicine Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Sophia McKay on sophia.mckay@otago.ac.nz

Or Southern DHB Senior Communications Advisor, Moira Finn on moira.finn@southerndhb.govt.nz