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Otago health researchers supported by lottery grants


Tuesday, 11 March 2014 3:25pm

University of Otago researchers have gained just over $1.9m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

The grants support the purchase of scientific equipment, PhD scholarships, and the pursuit of research projects aimed to quickly translate into meaningful health outcomes and community benefit.

Researchers from across the University’s three main campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington have received 24 translational research grants, seven equipment grants and two PhD scholarships. A full list appears below.

Nationally, around $3.89m comprising 64 grants was distributed in the Lottery Health Research 2013/14 funding round.

Otago’s translational projects involve a wide variety of health-related topics and range from investigating how the bacteria that cause listeria spread in the body to studying severe housing deprivation.

Also among the projects are investigations aimed at improving long-term outcomes for glaucoma patients, developing better breast cancer treatments, pursuing new approaches to cure a common form of childhood leukaemia, and improving nutritional status and health in older New Zealanders.

About Lottery Health Research

For more information, contact:

Simon Ancell
Communications Adviser
University of Otago

Otago recipients of Lottery Health Research Grants:

Lottery Health - Research Equipment

Equipment grant for Radio-telemetry data acquisition system

Dr Max Berry (Paediatrics, Wellington)

Masimo RAD-8 oximeters and software

Professor Dawn Elder (Paediatrics, Wellington)

Gammacell 3000 Elan (Best Theratronics)

Dr Nick Fleming (Pathology, Dunedin)

Shared equipment for protein purification

Dr Peter Mace (Biochemistry)

Liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry (QTrap 5500)

Associate Professor Natalie Medlicott (Pharmacy)

High performance liquid chromatography pump and analyser with electrochemical detection capability

Professor Margreet Vissers (Pathology, Christchurch)

ViiA7 Real-Time PCR System with Laptop, Taqman Array Block and 96 well block

Dr Joanna Williams (Anatomy)

Lottery Health - Translational Research Projects

Severe housing deprivation 2013

Dr Kate Amore (Public Health, Wellington)

The role of peri-operative gabapentin in the management of pain following tonsillectomy

Mr Patrick Dawes (Surgical Sciences)

Developing better treatments for women with oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer

Dr Anita Dunbier (Biochemistry)

Does Melanoma in NZ Require a More Discriminatory Diagnostic Test?

Professor Mike Eccles (Pathology, Dunedin)

Can hydrogen sulphide treatment protect heart structure and function after a heart attack?

Dr Leigh Ellmers (Medicine, Christchurch)

A Tablet Computer App for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Associate Professor Ruth Empson (Physiology)

Determining the effects of peptides related to obesity on endometrial cancer cells

Professor John Evans (Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Christchurch)

Transform a tooth with a "transformer tooth": A novel oral health approach for New Zealand children

Dr Lyndie Foster Page (Oral Rehabilitation, Dental School)

Telephone follow-up to reduce adverse outcomes in frail older people

Dr Claire Heppenstall (Medicine, Christchurch)

Improving nutritional status, health and wellbeing in older New Zealand adults

Dr Lisa Houghton (Human Nutrition)

Role of the human early secretory pathway in spreading of the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes

Dr Keith Ireton (Microbiology & Immunology)

Prognostic value of immune parameters in colorectal cancer

Dr Roslyn Kemp (Microbiology & Immunology)

Towards better use of antibiotics in cystic fibrosis: understanding bacterial antibiotic resistance in infection

Professor Iain Lamont (Biochemistry)

Determining clinical markers for pre-eclampsia that can be used to improve the pre and post-natal health of mothers and infants in New Zealand

Dr Erin Macaulay (Pathology, Dunedin)

Built environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study: Student Survey

Dr Sandy Mandic (School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences)

Imaging the Obese Brain: the use of EEG imaging in obese and lean individuals

Associate Professor Patrick Manning (Medicine, Dunedin)

Connections between lipid risk factors for heart disease

Associate Professor Sally McCormick (Biochemistry)

Investigation of efficacy of pharmacological anti-inflammatory regimes to improve long-term outcomes of glaucoma drainage operations

Professor Anthony Molteno (Medicine, Dunedin)

New approaches to cures for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Professor Ian Morison (Pathology, Dunedin)

‘Real-world’ haemorrhagic rates for warfarin and dabigatran using population level data

Dr Nishtala Prasad (Pharmacy)

Designing novel biological capsules to improve delivery and efficacy of anti-epileptic drugs in drug-resistant epilepsy

Dr Shakila Rizwan (Pharmacy)

Umbilical Cord Serum Cytokines and the Development of Atopic Dermatitis in Infancy Associate Professor Robert Siebers (Medicine, Wellington)


Effect of fructose malabsorption on serum urate in patients with gout

Professor Lisa Stamp (Medicine, Christchurch)

Thiamine to improve stem cell function in patients undergoing bypass surgery: a randomised control trial

Professor Michael Williams (Medicine, Dunedin)

Lottery Health - PhD Scholarships awarded in November 2013:

De-prescribing: Safely reducing unnecessary medicines in frail older people in residential care

Ms Nagham Ailabouni (Pharmacy)

Huarahi Hauora - Identifying a pathway forward to wellness for Maori

Mr Ricky Bell (Physiotherapy)

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