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Pulse 60: January / February 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

PVC's welcome

Kia ora koutou kātoa

Peter Crampton, PVC Health Sciences
Professor Peter Crampton.

Welcome to the first edition of Pulse for 2017.

With the year well underway, I would like to thank all staff who have worked with our students during the various admissions and course advising processes.

Congratulations to those who, from 1 February 2017, have taken up their professorial appointments. A larger-than-usual number of professors will present their Inaugural Professorial Lectures in 2017, and I encourage everyone to attend these special events.

We also congratulate those who received promotions to Associate Professor and Research Associate Professor.

I would also like to commend Dr Brad Hurren on his Teaching Excellence Award, and welcome Professor Brian Hyland to the role of Associate Dean (Medical Admissions), and Professor John Reynolds to the role of Director HSFY.

I am sure 2017 will be a busy, challenging, and rewarding year. The Division is committed to many important and complex projects this year, including academic, capital development and research infrastructure developments. I look forward to working with you to make it a successful year.

Professor Peter Crampton
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences, pvc.healthsciences@otago.ac.nz

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General news

Teaching Excellence Awards

Brad Hurren
Dr Brad Hurren.

Dr Brad Hurren (Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences) is one of four Otago staff to receive a Teaching Excellence Award this year.

Candidates for the Awards are judged on five criteria:

  • Planning and design for learning
  • Ability to facilitate learning
  • Ability to assess student learning
  • Ability to evaluate learning and teaching (including reflecting on and improving their teaching)
  • Professional development and leadership in teaching

Dr Hurren has been recognised for his enthusiasm in creating an inclusive, supporting teaching environment and instilling a passion for science in students.

Teaching awards honour four Otago staff (Otago Bulletin Board)
University honours teaching excellence (Otago Daily Times)

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New Associate Dean (Medical Admissions)

Professor Brian Hyland and Mr Tony Zaharic
Professor Brian Hyland (left) and Mr Tony Zaharic.

Professor Brian Hyland has been appointed Associate Dean (Medical Admissions) for three years, effective 1 February.

Professor Hyland will undertake this part-time role alongside his roles in the Department of Physiology.

Professor Peter Crampton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Otago Medical School, would like to thank Mr Tony Zaharic for his dedicated work in this role for the past five years.

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New Director for Health Sciences First Year

Professor John Reynolds (Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences) has been appointed to the newly-created role of Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) Programme Director.

HSFY attracts 1,300–1,400 students annually. As Director, Professor Reynolds will provide leadership and assume overall responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the programme.

John Reynolds to Direct First Year Health Sciences (Otago Bulletin Board)
Health Sciences First Year website

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Interprofessional education campus leads appointed

In November 2016, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor announced the establishment of a Divisional Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE Centre). The Centre is under the direction of Professor Sue Pullon (Primary Health Care and General Practice, UOW), supported by Dr Margot Skinner (School of Physiotherapy) as Divisional Lead.

IPE campus leads have been appointed and have taken up their part-time roles from the end of January. They are:

  • IPE Lead UOC – Louise Beckingsale (Human Nutrition – Dietetics)
  • IPE Lead UOW – Associate Professor Eileen McKinlay (Primary Health Care and General Practice, UOW)
  • IPE Lead Dunedin Advanced Years – Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble (General Practice and Rural Health, DSM)
  • IPE Lead Dunedin Foundation Years – Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund (School of Pharmacy)

IPE leads will foster the development of high-quality interprofessional education activity at their campus sites and at the various regional centres. They will be developing networks at these sites, and welcome hearing proactively from others wishing to become involved or to explore possibilities for initiating particular IPE activities.

IPE campus leads are supported by the IPE Centre Manager Ashley Symes (hs.ipe@otago.ac.nz), and by IPE Campus Administrators currently being appointed in Christchurch, Dunedin, and Wellington.

Further information about the IPE Centre is available online:

otago.ac.nz/ipe

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Funding to engage young minds with science

Four University of Otago initiatives (including three within Health Sciences) are among the latest projects to be successfully awarded a total of NZ$2 million in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round:

  • Dr Sara Filoche (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UOW)
    • Science fusion: kura + whare wānanga = science in te reo Māori
    • NZ$29,937
    • What do you get if you mix a kura and a whare wānanga? – Increased access to science teaching and learning in te reo Māori.
  • Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith (Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences)
    • Manuka Chemistry in the Community
    • NZ$99,818
    • Local manuka will be collected by school students across New Zealand and tested for bioactivity in class. The results will put schools 'on the map' of national manuka variation.
  • Professor Peter Dearden (Department of Biochemistry, School of Biomedical Sciences)
    • Lab in a Box III: The Country takes on Science (North Island)
    • NZ$110,000
    • Lab-in-a-Box is a science engagement platform for rural New Zealand. We will engage North Island schools and communities, seed citizen-science projects, and discuss future technologies for environmental management.

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Brain Health Research Centre

Brain Week Otago 2017

In association with Otago Museum and Neurological Foundation New Zealand

Wednesday 8 March 11am–2pm The Octagon, Dunedin Windows to the brain (inflatable brain, concussion goggles, and more)
Friday 10 March 5.30pm–7pm Dunedin Community House, 30 Moray Place, Dunedin "Getting sleepy" – the reality of sleep
Saturday 11 March 10am–11am Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum The brain, the control centre for movement and motor disorders (Dr Angus McMorland, University of Auckland)
11am–12pm Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum Mind over machines – we can now control equipment with our mind, how can this be? (Dr Calvin Kai Young, BHRC)
1pm–2pm Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum Reprogramming the brain following stroke, what can be achieved? (Dr Andrew Clarkson, BHRC)
2.15pm–3.15pm Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum Exercise and nutrition for life long improved cognition (Dr Liana Machado, BHRC)
Half-hourly, all day Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum Journey to the Brain (10-minute big-screen movie)
10am–4pm Atrium, Otago Museum Windows to the brain (inflatable brain) and support agencies discussing practical matters
Sunday 12 March 2pm–4pm Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum A deeper look at Disney's Inside Out (movie screening, 15-minute talk, Q&A)
Friday 17 March 10.30am–12pm MS Otago Rooms, 8 Baker Street, Dunedin An interactive talk hosted by Muscular Dystrophy NZ (Associate Phil Sheard, BHRC)

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Dunedin School of Medicine

Chris Jackson at the Future Face of Healthcare
Dr Chris Jackson speaking at The Future Face of Healthcare, at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

The Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM) recently launched a public lecture programme aimed at highlighting the positive relationship between DSM and the Southern DHB.

The Future Face of Healthcare series will see a selection of DSM's top researchers and clinicians provide snapshots of their work at free public events around New Zealand.

Aimed at the general public, it is hoped that the multi-disciplinary nature of talks will be of interest to a wide range of people.

This was certainly the case for the well-received inaugural event, held in Dunedin late last year, which included Cure Kids Professor of Paediatric Genetics Professor Stephen Robertson and Dr Chris Jackson, a medical oncologist and the Medical Director of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

The next event will be held in Invercargill on 6 April, featuring collaborative researchers Associate Professor Konrad Richter, a Southland-based surgeon, and Associate Professor Sarah Young from the Department of Pathology.

Professor Barry Taylor (Dean, DSM) says the line-up of speakers for each event is "stellar".

"These are great people doing enormously interesting work," Professor Taylor says. "Their research and discoveries being directly relevant to the health and well-being of our community."

View talks from the inaugural event (DSM)

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Department of Medicine (DSM)

Ted Nye
Dr Ted Nye.

Recently, family, friends, and colleagues mourned the death of Dr Ted Nye, aged 90 years.

Ted began working in the Department of Medicine in 1960, and taught and researched blood lipids for many years. He directed research in the Lipid Laboratory (later named the Hunter-Nye Lipid Laboratory), and conducted lipid research in diverse locations as far afield as Fiji.

Ted retired in 1990 as Associate Professor of Medicine—but even at age 90, was still coming in to the Department one morning a week to help with a research clinic. Ted will be greatly missed as a friend and mentor.

Adapted from a tribute to Dr Nye by Wayne Sutherland, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medicine.

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Faculty of Dentistry

jonathan-broadbent-image-small
Associate Professor Jonathan Broadbent.

Oral Health-related Beliefs, Behaviours, and Outcomes through the Life Course, by Associate Professor Jonathan Broadbent and colleagues, was 2016's most-read paper in the Journal of Dental Research—the world's top dental research journal.

The paper helps to explain how socioeconomic inequalities in dental health come about, using research from the dental side of Otago's Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.

Oral Health-related Beliefs, Behaviors, and Outcomes through the Life Course (Journal of Dental Research)
Dunedin Dental study "most read" article (Otago Bulletin Board)

Dr Carolina Loch, Professor Richard Cannon, Professor Paul Brunton, and Associate Professor Neil Waddell's MBIE-funded outreach project, Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth, has been a great success.

The team (including three PhD students), led by Dr Loch, visited five schools across Dunedin and helped children explore how animals bite and chew. The children—including those of recently-arrived Syrian refugee families—took impressions of animal teeth and created plaster-cast model teeth, which they were able to keep.

How can sharks help us keep our teeth clean? (Curious Minds)

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School of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Anatomy

Congratulations to:

  • Professor Hallie Buckley and Professor John Reynolds, who were newly-promoted to Professorship on 1 February
  • Dr Jo-Ann Stanton, who was promoted to Senior Research Fellow beyond the bar
  • Associate Professor George Dias, who has received a Priming Partnership grant of NZ$20,000 for a project entitled 3D-WDP: High molecular weight wool-derived polymers for product innovation
  • Dr Karen Reader, who has received a Lottery Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project entitled Activin C: a novel therapeutic for late stage ovarian cancer?

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Department of Biochemistry

Over the summer, the laboratories of Professor Warren Tate, Dr Wayne Patrick, and Dr Monica Gerth have been housed in the undergraduate teaching laboratories while the first floor of the Biochemistry Building has been getting remodelled and renovated. Renovations to other parts of the first floor are ongoing, but Property Services vacated the shiny new Tate/Patrick/Gerth lab just in time for everyone to move back on 13 February.

Panorama of the new Tate-Patrick_Gerth lab at Biochemistry
The new Tate/Patrick/Gerth lab.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Congratulations to our researchers who had projects funded by the School of Biomedical Sciences' Dean's Bequest Fund:

  • Associate Professor Peter Fineran (NZ$21,648) – You’re 1 in a million: a novel high-throughput methodology for finding key regulators of gene expression in bacteria
  • Associate Professor Keith Ireton (NZ$17,230) – Role of the human scaffolding protein Filamin A in cytoskeletal rearrangement and exocytosis during infection by the bacterium Listeria
  • Dr Xochitl Morgan (NZ$15,000) – A scalable network for metagenomics tool evaluation

Three researchers receive Dean's Bequest funding (Microbiology and Immunology)

The 2016 achievements of staff of the School of Biomedical Sciences were recognised at the annual awards function in December, with three from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology receiving awards.

Congratulations also to our winners at the School of Biomedical Sciences Awards Function in December:

  • Dr Ros Kemp – Distinguished Academic Teacher Award
  • Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin – Commercialisation Researcher Award
  • Megan Coleman – Research Support—Distinguished Contribution Award

Three staff receive awards at annual School of Biomedical Sciences ceremony (Microbiology and Immunology)

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Paul Smith
Professor Paul Smith.

Professor Paul Smith has been interviewed by the Science Communication Media Centre, Radio Live, and the Dominion Post following the Government's announcement about legalising medicinal marijuana.

Professor Paul Smith explains medical cannabis (Radio Live)

Dr John Ashton has received funding from the Otago Medical Research Foundation (Laurenson) for his project Drug combination testing in an in vitro model of ALK mutated lung cancer (NZ$14,372).

Associate Professor Ivan Sammut has received funding from the Otago Medical Research Foundation (Laurenson) for his project Developing a novel therapeutic to protect hypertrophic hearts in acute ischaemic surgery (NZ$24,400).

Professor Rhonda J Rosengren has received funding from the School of Biomedical Sciences for her project An affordable and sustainable solution for water purification in developing countries. This project will be undertaken in collaboration with Dr Candace Martin (NZ$17,000).

Orleans Martey (PhD student) received funding from the Elizabeth Jean Trotter Travel Scholarship and from the Centre for Translational Cancer Research to attend the Society of Toxicology annual meeting that will be held in Baltimore in March (NZ$2,750).

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Department of Physiology

Ruth EmpsonAssociate Professor Ruth Empson has been awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholar award. This will contribute towards her visit to Stanford University in July, which will follow a visit to Imperial College London in April.

Associate Professor Empson's research—a collaborative effort involving Otago, Stanford, and Imperial College London—involves understanding how brain activity controls a specific form of movement.

She will be using novel optical technology developed in her laboratory with collaborators at Imperial College London, to visualise cerebellar brain cell activity during movement learning.

From the grant:

If you enjoy playing a sport or musical instrument you will know only too well that satisfying execution of complex movements requires patience, practice and learning. We know that "practice makes perfect", but only if you practice perfectly! How do we correct our movement errors and learn "perfection"? The cerebellum is the part of the brain where this type of movement learning and error correction takes place but exactly how brain cells in the cerebellum do this remains a mystery. I plan to visit Prof Jennifer Raymond, a world leader in cerebellar learning at Stanford University, and together we hope to unlock some of this mystery.

South Island Cycle Challenge 2017
Players from Southern United FC at the South Island Cycle Challenge.

The Department of Physiology-hosted South Island Cycle Challenge fundraiser was a great success—raising over NZ$2,500 for the Heart Foundation. Held in Dunedin's Wall Street Mall, the event involved teams of up to four people cycling for 10 minutes at a time, with the total distance travelled being mapped. By 1.45pm, the cyclists had made it to just past Haast.

On the day, PhD student Lorna Daniels also attempted to do 1,000 burpees—which she managed in just under three hours despite being in a lot of pain.

The Department is still receiving donations from sponsored teams, so the total raised is not yet known.

Donate to the South Island Cycle Challenge (everydayhero)
Cycling event raises funds for heart research (Otago Bulletin Board)

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School of Pharmacy

Our 2017 White Coat Ceremony will be held on Saturday 25 February at the Hunter Centre. The Ceremony provides a formal transition from being a Health Sciences First Year student, to entering the first professional year of the Pharmacy programme. This provides an opportunity for students to get a sense of the professional nature of the programme. At this point, the School considers them to be not only a University student, but also a pharmacist in training.

This year, we are excited to include the awarding of an inaugural Honorary White Coat to a distinguished member of the profession. The Pharmacy Council will also be attending our event, presenting our students with the Code of Ethics.

Professor Joel Tyndall with IMU students
Associate Professor Joel Tyndall with second-year students at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony.

Mr David Schmierer retired last month. Mr Schmierer has had a 29-year distinguished career with the School of Pharmacy, and has been an integral part of the teaching staff. We wish him the very best in his retirement and good luck with the variety of activities and hobbies he will be immersed in.

Dr Rohit Jain has accepted another position elsewhere, and also left the School in January. He has contributed a lot to the School of Pharmacy and the Bayer Centre for Dairy Animal Health, and will be missed.

Dr Henry Ndukwe has accepted a position as postdoctoral fellow with Professor Carlo Marra, Dean of the School of Pharmacy. Dr Ndukwe will examine the costs of care and some projections using the New Zealand health and administrative databases.

Pharmacy students at Hands-On at Otago
Hands-On at Otago students at the School of Pharmacy.

Hands-On at Otago was very successful again this year, with 12 secondary school students visiting the School of Pharmacy. These students spent four mornings with our staff and students, learning the many difference elements of pharmacy.

Last week, we welcomed a cohort of students from International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia. These students are completing their two-week bridging course before our semester starts, and will complete their final two years of study for their BPharm degree at Otago.

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University of Otago, Christchurch

Fourth-year medical students at Ōnuku Marae
Students on Banks Peninsula.

Fourth-year medical students recently got a wonderful orientation to Christchurch and its Hauora Māori teaching programme at Ōnuku Marae on Banks Peninsula.

UOC Dean Professor David Murdoch was an author on a paper published in the British Medical Journal that found taking vitamin D supplements may protect against the cold and flu.

Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data (BMJ)
Vitamin D supplements may protect against the flu and a nasty cold
(media release)
Kiwis add to mega-study findings that vitamin D reduces risk of cold, influenza (New Zealand Herald)
Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study (ScienceDaily)

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Department of Pathology (UOC)

The Department held a symposium, which included a limerick writing competition. Head of Department and geneticist Professor Martin Kennedy won the competition with this clever entry:

The secret of life is a thing
That closely resembles a string
Four letters are key
A, C, G and T
Then everything else is just bling

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Māori/Indigenous Health Institute

Aki Hauora screenshotMIHI recently launched the first app for learning medical terms in Te Reo Māori. The app, Aki-Hauora, was developed in partnership with the Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies in Dunedin.

New App helps health professionals learn medical terms in Te Reo (media release)
App helps health professionals learn medical terms in te reo (Māori Television)
Fun app for learning te reo health terms (Nursing Review)
Interactive game app to teach docs te reo (Waatea News)

Download on the App Store

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University of Otago, Wellington

Two UOW researchers have received substantial funding for diabetes research in the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge / MOH / HRC collaborative funding round. Of the NZ$5.7 million of contestable funding, NZ$3.4 million was awarded to projects led by UOW researchers:

  • Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs (NZ$1.8 million) – Preventing type 2 diabetes with probiotics and prebiotics (PDP2)
  • Professor Diana Sarfati (NZ$1.6 million) – Innovative management of diabetes with a comprehensive digital health programme

Wellington researchers awarded Long-Term Condition funds to tackle diabetes (Otago media release)
$5.7m for research into diabetes management (Ministerial media release)
Major push to tackle diabetes with $5.7m research funding (HRC)
Multi-million dollar funding collaboration to improve long-term health conditions (Healthier Lives)
Key to tackling diabetes could lie in our gut (New Zealand Herald)
Take a look at... $5.7million given to diabetes research (Pharmacy Today)

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Department of Public Health

Previous attendees describe their UOW Summer School experience.

UOW's 21st annual Public Health Summer School has been a tremendous success—with around 800 attendees, in addition to those attending four popular public lectures. The Public Health Summer School is hosted by the Department of Public Health. It offers practical one-to-three-day courses to anyone who wants to develop their public health knowledge and skills. It is the longest-running summer school of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. This year, there were 30 courses to choose from (including 14 new courses).

Newly-published research by staff in the Department of Public Health has received widespread national and international media coverage:

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Other news

The 'cost' of sugar public forum

Kim Hill
Kim Hill.

  • 7pm–9pm Thursday 16 March 2017
  • Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital
  • Free

This public forum examines the wide-ranging impacts of sugar in our society. Renowned broadcaster, Kim Hill, will chair an expert panel and take questions from the audience to tease out what we really know about this complex and controversial topic.

Jointly sponsored by: A Better Start National Science Challenge, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, and Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.

Registration and more information (EDOR)

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The Diabesity Crisis: how can we make a difference?

  • 9am–5pm Friday 17 March 2017
  • Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital
  • Cost: NZ$50

Register now for this symposium, showcasing the latest national and international research on diabetes and obesity. Jointly organised by two National Science Challenges—A Better Start and Healthier Lives—and the University of Otago's Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, this event will focus on how preventive actions and treatments can make a difference to the rising tide of diabesity.

Registration and more information (EDOR)

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Upcoming Inaugural Professorial Lectures

  • Professor Tim Stokes (Head of Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine) – 5.30pm Tuesday 7 March (event details)
  • Professor Tony Merriman (Department of Biochemistry, School of Biomedical Sciences) – 5.30pm Tuesday 4 April (event details)

Health Sciences IPLs are now routinely live-streamed. Live-stream links are available via the event listings at otago.ac.nz/events on the day of each IPL.

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Consulting biostatisticians

Within Health Sciences in Dunedin, there are currently four academic biostatisticians who are employed by the Division to provide biostatistical consultation, collaboration and advice, at no cost, to staff and research students.

The biostatisticians are available for one-on-one consultations. (If you are a research student seeking assistance, please ensure that your supervisor is informed of this and willing to accompany you to any consultation.)

The consulting biostatisticians are:

  • Dr Claire Cameron
  • Mr Andrew Gray
  • Dr Ella Iosua
  • Dr Ari Samaranayaka

In addition, Divisional walk-in biostatistics clinics, and school and department walk-in biostatistics clinics, are available on a regular basis. For contact details and clinic dates see:

otago.ac.nz/biostatistics

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Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice

The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from New Zealand to apply for an opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. Fellows work with leading US experts to study health care delivery reforms and critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the US and their home countries. A rich programme of seminars organised by the Fund throughout the year further enhances the fellowship experience. The Harkness Fellowship awards up to US$130,000 in support, with an additional family allowance (approximately US$60,000 for partner and two children up to age 18). The deadline for applications from New Zealand is 5 September 2017.

Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice (The Commonwealth Fund)

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Postgraduate research opportunities database installed on 20 websites

Screenshot of postgraduate research opportunity
A recently-listed opportunity on the University of Otago, Christchurch website.

Late last year, the Division launched its postgraduate research opportunities database. The database has now been installed on 20 websites across the Division (including three currently under development).

Each installation only shows opportunities within that school / faculty / department. For example, the Dunedin School of Medicine's Department of Pathology website will only show opportunities within the Department. However, those same opportunities also appear on the DSM website (which shows all opportunities School-wide), the Otago Medical School website, and the Divisional website—helping them reach a wide audience.

Prospective students can filter opportunities by keyword, supervisor, qualification, host campus, on-campus or via distance, and their own academic background (some opportunities in public health, for example, may be suitable for students with humanities or business backgrounds).

When viewing an opportunity, users can see key details such as closing date and campus—plus extended project information and contact details. (In some cases, their first point of contact should be an administrator rather than a supervisor. The system is designed to accommodate this scenario.)

Each listing automatically displays a list of 'similar' opportunities in the right-hand column. These are opportunities in the same department, at the same or higher level.

Staff are invited to submit opportunities to the database using an online form, which automatically forwards submissions to the relevant web editor (depending on what school / faculty is selected):

Submit an opportunity

Submissions are invited from staff throughout the Division—even if your school or department does not yet have the database installed on its website (as your opportunities can still be promoted on the Divisional site). The submission form can also be reached from otago.ac.nz/healthsciences » For staff.

The master list of all opportunities Division-wide is available at otago.ac.nz/postgradresearch.

A complete list of installations follows:

* Installed on new website currently under development.

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New Pacific Health Research at Otago website

Pacific Health Research at Otago website screenshot

The Office of the Associate Dean (Pacific) has been working with Health Sciences Research to produce a website highlighting Pacific health research:

otago.ac.nz/pacific-health-research

The website profiles our current and future Pacific researchers, and recognises our pacific-relevant health researchers. It also presents the services, programmes, and community initiatives available to support current and aspiring researchers.

The site includes short research outlines for over 100 researchers and includes over 35 fields of research expertise.

Numerous schools and departments from throughout the Division participated along with researchers from Humanities and Sciences. We also include relevant research centres, research themes, National Science Challenges, and individual external collaborators.

A special thank you to all those who contributed so generously with their time and attention to gather all this research expertise into this framework.

The Pacific Health Research at Otago website joins the Health Sciences suite of specialty websites that promote research excellence:

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Other recently-launched websites

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