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2020/2021 Summer Studentship research projects

Clinical projects

An indication for every medicine

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Lorna Pairman
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Matt Doogue, Dr Paul Chin
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Examination of the safety, feasibility and satisfaction of telehealth out-patient consultations for children with inflammatory bowel disease

  • Cure Kids ImageStudent: Ashleigh Goh
  • Supervisors: Dr Angharad Hurley, Professor Andrew Day
  • Sponsor: Cure Kids and The Department of Paediatrics, UOC

App-based delivery platforms and exposure to (un)healthy food and drink environments

  • University of Otago Christchurch imageStudent: Cassian Duthie
  • Supervisors: Dr Rose Crossin, Ms Christina McKerchar
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Division of Health Science


Getting the NAC; A retrospective review of a standardised intravenous Acetylcysteine ordering chart and comparison with manual calculation of prescriptions

  • Student: Kaleb Addy
  • Supervisors: Dr Sulaiman Almubarak, Dr Paul Gee
  • Sponsor: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust

Acceptability and validity of the M-ACE for older New Zealanders

  • Student: Karen Angelita Suresh
  • Supervisors: Matthew Croucher, Dr Susan Gee
  • Sponsor: Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust and Health of Older People Service Level Alliance

Can we improve cancer research priorities and cancer immunotherapy in Christchurch?

  • Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageStudent: Millie Taylor
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Associate Professor Margaret Currie
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division

Title to be provided at a later date

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Grace Sullivan
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Peter Sykes, Dr Helene McNabb
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Patterns of care for patients treated with a mastectomy for breast cancer in Christchurch

  • Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageStudent: Victoria Fookes
  • Supervisors: Melissa James, Radiation Oncologist and Bridget Robinson, Medical Oncologist
  • Sponsor: CDHB Oncology Trust

Gender based differences in the bedside consultation; innate behaviours or learned?

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Otis Williams
  • Supervisors: Paul Bridgman, Cardiologist and Isla Evison, Medical Student
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Family functioning and oral health-related quality of life among children following dental treatment under general anaesthesia

  • CBNZD Assoc 2020Student: Riley Thoroughgood
  • Supervisors: Arun Natarajan, Professor Murray Thomson
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Dental Association

Oncology Patient and Cancer Survey to inform best service delivery

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Ella Robinson
  • Supervisors: Professor Bridget Robinson, Dr Kate Gardner
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageAssessing guidelines for monitoring cardiotoxicity in patients receiving cardiotoxic systemic therapies: an audit

  • Student: Tim Bridgman
  • Supervisors: Professor Bridget Robinson, Dr Kate Gardner
  • Sponsor: CDHB Oncology Trust

Is the Better Breathing Programme Pandemic Ready? Assessing engagement with digital services among participants in the Better Breathing Programme

Pegasus-logo-ImageStudent: Anna Urquhart
Supervisors: Michael Maze, David Chen
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

Laboratory projects

Donor variation and optimisation of 3D cell culture system for cartilage tissue regeneration

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Valery Yizhou Li
  • Supervisors: Dr Gabriella Lindberg, Professor Tim Woodfield
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Exploring cytotoxicity of neutral hypochlorous acid

  • COS 2020Student: Anthony Yee-Goh
  • Supervisors: Professor Gary Hooper, Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Orthopaedic Services

Studying a 3D model of breast cancer to investigate protein changes driven by a fat rich environment

  • Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageStudent: Maddison Hill
  • Supervisors: Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Associate Professor Margaret Currie
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society, Canterbury-West Coast Division

Apathy and executive function in Parkinson's disease

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Nasya Thompson
  • Supervisors: Dr Campbell Le Heron, Dr Michael Macaskill
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Design and development of hydrogel coatings for CPAP prongs

  • F&P Healthcare 2020Student: Charlotte Cahill
  • Supervisors: Dr Khoon Lim, Dr Cesar Alcala-Orzco
  • Sponsor: Fisher and Paykel Healthcare

Identification of suPAR cleaved products as potential new biomarkers of heart disease

  • Heart Foundation 2020Student: Fergus Allan
  • Supervisors: Dr Janice Chew-Harris, Christopher Pemberton
  • Sponsor: Heart Foundation NZ

Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageRole of bacterial LPS in colorectal cancer

  • Student: Jessica Permain
  • Supervisors: Dr Rachel Purcell, Dr Tamara Glyn
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society, Canterbury-West Coast Division

University of Otago Christchurch imageEstablishing a method for detecting HLA alleles that predispose to adverse drug reactions

  • Student: Leonie Hitchman
  • Supervisors: Dr Simran Maggo, Professor Martin Kennedy
  • Sponsor: Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, UOC

Community Projects

Compression wraps versus compression bandaging in the community setting

  • Student: Nicola Williams
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Cathy Hammond, Gill Cole
  • Sponsor: Nurse Maude Association

Developing a return to work pathway for people with spinal cord injury

  • Student: Catey Boyce
  • Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Dunn, Dr Jo Nunnerley
  • Sponsor: Burwood Academy of Independent Living

Improving understanding of the benefit to clients and the economic benefit of continence rehabilitation in the community

  • Student: Holly Seigne
  • Supervisors: Lisa Cowap, Virginia Maskill, Sante Beasant
  • Sponsor: Nurse Maude Association

The use of GnRH analogues in gender transition adolescents

  • University of Otago Christchurch imageStudent: TBC
  • Supervisors: Dr Sue Bagshaw, Dr Janet Spittlehouse
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Division of Health Science

The costs of eating disorders in New Zealand

  • Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageStudent: Shistata Dhakal
  • Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Jordan, Professor Lois Surgenor
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Dysglycaemia during induction therapy of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in New Zealand

  • Student: Isabella Mellis
  • Supervisors: Dr Martin de Bock, Dr Siobhan Cross
  • Sponsor: Children’s Cancer Research Trust

What barriers do South Island adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients face during survivorship?

  • Student: Eleanor Wilding
  • Supervisors: Dr Tristan Pettit, Louise Sue
  • Sponsor: Ruth Spearing Cancer Research Trust

MIHI logo imageEvaluation of MIHI 2020 Undergraduate Courses (5HMVM)

  • Student: Millie Bowen
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute

MIHI logo imageEvaluation of MIHI 2020 Undergraduate Courses (4HMVM)

  • Student: Jessica Middelberg
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute

MIHI logo imageEvaluation of MIHI 2020 Postgraduate Courses (501 Health Professionals)

  • Student: Harris Sciascia
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute

MIHI logo imageEvaluation of MIHI 2020 Postgraduate Courses (501/601 Clinical Psychologists)

  • Student: Jacqueline Katipa-Maikuku
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute

MIHI logo imageEvaluation of MIHI 2020 Postgraduate Courses (301 RMO)

  • Student: Billie Gel
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute