Barbara and John were both long time Otago faculty members who made major contributions not only to medical research and clinical practice but also to undergraduate and particularly postgraduate education through their long term involvement with the Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course. Barbara frequently emphasized the importance of having flexible funds to support career development for young investigators and enrichment activities for researchers.
The Barbara and John Heslop Memorial Fund will be used to support an endowment of $300,000 to support research in the disciplines of pathology or immunology within the Otago Medical School.
The fund will target students and early career researchers and may be used to fund stipends and or fees for one-year research degrees - BMedSc for medical students or Honours for BSc or BBioMedSc students. It could also be used to fund conference travel for PhD students or project costs for postgraduates or postdoctoral fellows. Summer studentships could also be funded.
Candidates will apply annually if funds allow and an appropriately skilled academic committee will decide on the successful proposals.