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Associate Professor Peter Dearden, Associate Dean (Research)

Associate Professor Peter Dearden, Associate Dean (Research)Contact

Associate Professor Peter Dearden
Associate Dean (Research)
Tel 64 3 479 7832
Fax 64 3 479 7866
Email peter.dearden@otago.ac.nz

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Professor Ian Tucker, Associate Dean (Research Commercialisation)

Ian Tucker, Health SciencesIan is Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the immediate past-Dean, School of Pharmacy University of Otago. He graduated BPharm and PhD University of Queensland (Australia), and spent periods at Strathclyde (Scotland), Wisconsin (USA), and Bath (England). He is Vice-President and Secretary of the international Controlled Release Society and will become President this year.

Ian was a director of Otago Innovation Ltd from its inception until 2011, and now is a member of its Scientific and Advisory Board. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Clinical Trials with responsibility for reviewing clinical trial applications in New Zealand. Ian serves on editorial boards (Journal of Microencapsulation, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Drug Delivery Science and Technology), and is an Associate Editor of Therapeutic Delivery. His research is on the formulation and delivery of drugs for human and veterinary uses. He has over 150 papers published, and is an inventor on patents, several of which have resulted in animal health products which are used in the New Zealand dairy industry. Ian is a Fellow of the international Controlled Release Society and a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Pharmacists. He received the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association Medal in 2008 for contributions to pharmaceutical sciences through research and education.

Ian works with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) to promote research commercialisation activities in the Division of Health Sciences. Commercialisation of research is about developing the new intellectual property from our research into products and services, thereby contributing to the knowledge-based economy of New Zealand. It is also about building links with industry through knowledge transfer (consulting, commercial research contracts) and technology transfer to enhance the product/services of existing companies. These activities require intimate interaction with the University’s Research & Enterprise Office and Otago Innovation Ltd. Together with a group of 'movers and shakers' in the Division, Ian aims to ensure that the Division is encouraging and supporting staff and research students to be involved in commercialisation of their research.

Contact

Professor Ian Tucker
Associate Dean (Research Commercialisation)
Tel 64 3 479 7296
Email ian.tucker@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Michele Coleman, Research and Development Manager

After completing her PhD on the PrP protein associated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy at Edinburgh University, Michele came to Otago to complete a Marsden-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry. Since then she has held a number of positions in the Division of Health Sciences, culminating in her present role.

Michele advises the Pro-Vice-Chancellor on all aspects of research strategy within the Division. This includes development of strategy, responses to government initiatives, and allocation of Divisional funding for research.

Contact

Dr Michele Coleman
Research and Development Manager
Tel 64 3 479 3076
Mob 64 27 2844629
Fax 64 3 479 5058
Email michele.coleman@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Anette Becher, Champion of Research Infrastructure

Anette Becher, Health Sciences ResearchAnette has a background in research, management, and policy. After several years in pure and applied genetics and bioinformatics research, Anette moved into research management, initially looking after a large, cross-departmental shared bioinformatics resource at the University of Oxford and later after the shared bioinformatics, maths modelling, and statistics section at AgResearch Ltd. Anette then became the Science Group Leader of AgResearch's Animal Productivity unit, where she led a large strategic review aimed at positioning all of AgResearch's animal sciences capability for the future. Most recently, Anette has worked in local government, co-developing the Regional Policy Statement for Otago.

Anette's role in the Division of Health Sciences is to champion the Division's research infrastructure with the aim of ensuring that it can support a world-class research community for the next ten years and beyond. This includes working with academic, research, and operational staff to identify research infrastructure-related needs, and to develop structures, systems, and processes that contribute to maximising the value to research outcomes from investment in research infrastructure.

Contact

Dr Anette Becher
Champion of Research Infrastructure
Tel 64 3 479 4143
Email anette.becher@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Kerry Galvin, Scientific Officer

Kerry Galvin, Health SciencesKerry has a PhD in neurobiology from the University of Otago. Her work experience began in the Department of Anatomy, where she undertook research in neuroscience and medical ethics. She has since worked in a number of research and project management roles within the University interspersed with extended stints of overseas travel. Prior to her current role she was project manager for Otago Medical School's accreditation by the Australian Medical Council.

Kerry joined the Health Sciences Research team in 2008 and works alongside Dr Michele Coleman, the Division’s Research and Development Manager, to support all aspects of research within the Division.

Contact

Dr Kerry Galvin
Scientific Officer, Research and Development
Tel 64 3 479 9773
Email kerry.galvin@otago.ac.nz

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Wendy Houliston, Communications Administrator

Wendy is a University of Otago graduate in psychology. She works with staff to develop promotional material about research and researchers. This includes creating and maintaining websites, developing print and display material for events, and getting good promotional mileage from activities and media attention.

Contact

Wendy Houliston
Communications Administrator
Tel 64 3 479 9076
Email wendy.houliston@otago.ac.nz

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