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Otago biochemistry research highlighted in Marsden 20th celebrations

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 8:07am

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Professor Catherine Day.

Biochemistry’s Professor Catherine Day was amongst several researchers whose groundbreaking work was highlighted as part of celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of the Marsden Fund this week.

The Marsden Fund is New Zealand’s largest fund for leading-edge, fundamental research projects. Professor Day joined other scientists, researchers and politicians at Parliament on Tuesday to celebrate this important milestone in its history.

Marsden Fund Council Chairperson Professor Juliet Gerrard said looking back over the last two decades, it becomes clear how Marsden-funded research has benefited all New Zealanders.

“Many projects have a long lead-in time, but increasing our basic understanding of the world has now brought improved environmental outcomes, new technologies and better medicines and healthcare.”

Learn more about Professor Day’s Marsden Fund-supported protein biochemistry research into the life and death of a cell.

The Marsden Fund was started by government in 1994 and supports projects in the sciences, technology, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities. The fund is administered on behalf of the government by the Royal Society of New Zealand.