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2021/2022 Summer Studentship research projects

Clinical projects

Key components of eating disorders treatment for those identifying as female, males or gender diverse

  • Student: Conor Tarrant
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Jennifer Jordan, Professor Martin Kennedy
  • Sponsor: Department of Psychological Medicine / EDGI study

An examination of Equity in Bladder Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in the Canterbury Region

  • Student: Matthew Wylie
  • Supervisor: Mr Peter Davidson, Dr Tania Huria
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Urology Research Trust

Predictors of Spontaneous Reversion to Sinus Rhythm in patients managed on the CDHB ED Atrial Fibrillation Pathway

  • Student: Emmanuel Joseph Shaji
  • Supervisor: Dr Laura Joyce, Dr Ibrahim Al-Busaidi
  • Sponsor: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust

An audit of the implementation of single dose rifampicin chemoprophylaxis for leprosy in Kiribati

  • Student: Caitlin Bland
  • Supervisor: Professor Stephen Chambers, Dr Allamanda Faatoese
  • Sponsor: HRC Pacific summer studentship

Vaping use patterns and brand preference among parents of children and among teenagers (13-16 years old) attending Christchurch Hospital

  • Student: Andreas Nicolaou
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Philip Pattemore, Associate Professor Tony Walls
  • Sponsor: Freemasons

Evaluation of physiotherapy support for patients with lymphoedema in collaboration with specialist wound care, and district, nurses and the impact of this model of care on patient outcomes and nursing practice (10 weeks)

  • Student: Alice O’Connell-Milne
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Philippa Seaton
  • Sponsor: Nurse Maude Association

Literature review related to nurse-led approaches to management of paediatric constipation in the community and the potential for a specialist nursing role (5 weeks)

  • Student: Olivia Gray
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Philippa Seaton
  • Sponsor: Nurse Maude Association

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageImpact of peri-traumatic beliefs and severity of trauma exposure to the Canterbury earthquakes on subsequent avoidance and alcohol use in those with post-traumatic stress compared to a resilient control group

  • Student: Monique Cranko
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Jennifer Jordan, Associate Professor Caroline Bell
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageSystematic Review of the Impact of Trauma Exposure on Cognitive Function in Individuals without Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or Other Mental Health Disorders

  • Student: Emily Davey
  • Supervisors: Dr Katie Douglas, Professor Richard Porter
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageEarthquake brain: predictors of facial emotion processing following earthquake-related stress

  • Student: Catey Boyce
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Caroline Bell, Dr Kate Eggleston
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Acceptability of oral azithromycin as empiric treatment for Legionnaires’ disease and clinical outcomes compared with intravenous therapy

  • Student: Hannah Maher
  • Supervisors: Professor Stephen Chambers, Dr Paul Chin, Dr Jonathan Williman, Dr Sharon Gardiner, Simon Dalton, Sarah Metcalf
  • Sponsor: The Infection Management Service, Christchurch Hospital

Pegasus-logo-ImageThe Use of the Primary Care Patient Experience Survey in General Practice

  • Student: Devany Markovic
  • Supervisors: Dr Ben Hudson, Chenoa Walker
  • Sponsor: Pegasus Health Charitable Limited

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageDrop out from Maudsley Family based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa: A South Island Eating Disorders Service Audit

  • Student: Samantha Jory-Smart
  • Supervisors: Ms Rachel Lawson, Associate Professor Jennifer Jordan
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

University of Otago Christchurch imageCure Kids ImagePatterns and outcomes of Helicobacter pylori infection in children in the South Island of New Zealand

  • Student: Malshi Premaratne
  • Supervisors: Professor Andrew Day, Dr Angharad Hurley
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Christchurch, Paediatrics; Cure Kids

University of Otago Christchurch imageCure Kids ImagePrevalence and safety of complementary or alternative medicine use among children attending Christchurch Hospital

  • Student: Abida Denny
  • Supervisors: Dr Angharad Hurley, Professor Andrew Day
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Christchurch, Paediatrics; Cure Kids

University of Otago Christchurch imageCure Kids ImageAssessment of hospital Nurse and Dietitian knowledge levels about inflammatory bowel disease

  • Student: Lucy Blay
  • Supervisors: Dr Angharad Hurley, Professor Andrew Day
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Christchurch, Paediatrics; Cure Kids

Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageInvestigating the correlation of vitamin C levels in plasma of patients with advanced melanoma and patient response to immunotherapy

  • Student: Millie Taylor
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Professor Bridget Robinson
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society Malvern Group

Understanding suprapubic catheter usage in the Canterbury population

  • Student: Nasya Thompson
  • Supervisors: Mr Giovanni Losco
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Urology Research Trust

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageHow good are we at fluid therapy in critically ill patients?

  • Student: Jenna Feng
  • Supervisors: Professor Geoff Shaw, Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Influences on medical student attitudes to death and dying at the end of a six-year curriculum

  • Student: Priyanka Nathu
  • Supervisors: Dr Amanda Landers, Professor Tim Wilkinson
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Education and Research Trust for the Health of Older Persons (CERTHOP)

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageIs dabigatran dosed correctly for patients - according to laboratory results?

  • Student: Lorna Pairman
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Matthew Doogue, Dr Paul Chin
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Impact of brachytherapy needle movement on Prostate cancer Dosimetry. Developing a model to account for needle movement

  • Student: Ritchie Li
  • Supervisors: Dr Ben Hindson, Dr Alicia Moggré , Dr Victoria Beenstock
  • Sponsor: Oncology Department Research Trust Funds

The prevalence of chronic diarrhoea in older adults and possible causes

  • Student: Rebecca Bosma
  • Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Tim Wilkinson
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Education and Research Trust for the Health of Older Persons (CERTHOP)

User experiences of do-it-yourself automated insulin delivery systems, a qualitative analysis as part of the CREATE trial

  • Student: Hannah Ward
  • Supervisors: Dr Martin de Bock, Dr Mercedes Burnside
  • Sponsor: Diabetics Christchurch Inc.

An audit of the role and impact of the Motor Neurone Disease clinical nurse specialist

  • Student: Justin Jordan
  • Supervisors: Dr Rachel Wiseman, Dr Michael Epton
  • Sponsor: Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand

logo - University of OtagoTransforming a Eurocentric Cardiovascular Research Group into a Culturally Safe Research Environment

  • Student: Elishia Mako
  • Supervisors: Dr Karaitiana Taiuru, Dr Anna Pilbrow
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Division of Health Science, Maori Studentship

Heart Foundation 2020Cardiovascular risk in adults born prematurely and at very low birth weight

  • Student: Sneha Bothara
  • Supervisors: Dr Sarah Harris, Julia Martin
  • Sponsor: Heart Foundation

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageHealth care for elderly patients in acute settings

  • Student: Samantha Sharp
  • Supervisors: Susan Wood, Irena DeRooy
  • Sponsor: CDHB Quality and Patient Safety

logo - University of OtagoCardiometabolic health status in Fijian-Indians - systematic literature review

  • Student: Shiristi Sweta Kumar
  • Supervisors: Dr Pritika Narayan, Dr Allamanda Faatoese
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Division of Health Science

Laboratory projects

Vascular bone organoid as a disease model to osteonecrosis

  • Student: Jonathan Cox
  • Supervisors: Dr Steven Cui Dr Khoon Lim, Professor Gary Hooper, Professor Tim Woodfield
  • Sponsor: Ministry Business Innovation & Employment Science Whitinga Fellowship

University of Otago Christchurch imageIsolation and Validation of Patient Adipose-Derived Stem Cells

  • Student: Max Higham
  • Supervisor: Dr Khoon Lim
  • Sponsor: UOC, Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine

Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageInvestigating immune cell vitamin C concentrations in melanoma patients undergoing immunotherapy

  • Student: Ben Topham
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Margaret Currie, Associate Professor Gabi Dachs
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society Hokitika Group & Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Division

Measuring the skin microbiome, metabolome and skin hydration to better understand the impact of menopause status on the skin: a pilot study

  • Student: Eira Beverley-Stone
  • Supervisors: Dr Geraldine McLeod, Dr Alastair Ross
  • Sponsor: Christchurch Health and Development Study

Extracellular vesicles for cartilage repair

  • Student: Louis Newman
  • Supervisors: Dr Xiaolin Cui, Dr Khoon Lim, Professor Tim Woodfield
  • Sponsor: Ministry Business Innovation & Employment Science Whitinga Fellowship

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageRole and therapeutic potential of suPAR in cardiovascular disease

  • Student: Ethan Gall
  • Supervisors: Dr Janice Chew-Harris, Professor Christopher Pemberton
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

F&P HealthcareDesign and development of skin-adhesive hydrogels for CPAP devices

  • Student: Nipa Patel
  • Supervisors: Dr Cesar Alcala, Dr Khoon Lim
  • Sponsor: Fisher and Paykel Healthcare

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageThe investigation of plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO) as a potential biomarker of disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease

  • Student: Duo Hou
  • Supervisors: Professor Tony Kettle, Professor Richard Gearry
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageCharacterising the role of peroxidasin in breast cancer cell invasion

  • Student: Samantha Meredith
  • Supervisors: Dr Martina Paumann-Page, Professor Mark Hampton
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society Diamond Harbour & Cheviot Groups and Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Division

Oxygen control in rheumatoid arthritic tissues

  • Student: Aimee Brown
  • Supervisors: Axel Norberg, Professor Tim Woodfield
  • Sponsor: Health Research council of New Zealand

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation Logo imageCan biofabrication create the ‘ideal’ patch for congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair?

  • Student: Christian Smith
  • Supervisors: Jonathan Wells, Dr Khoon Lim
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Genetic susceptibility to Legionella longbeachae infection in humans

  • Student: Jackson O’Neill
  • Supervisors: Professor Martin Kennedy, Associate Professor John Pearson
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Division of Health Science

Cancer Society Logo with translation - colour imageAre there protein amyloids in cancer?

  • Student: Connor Kennedy
  • Supervisors: Christoph Goebl, Sarah Heath
  • Sponsor: Cancer Society Ellesmere & Oxford Groups and Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Division

Delivery of Growth Factors for Treatment of Avascular Necrosis (AVN)

  • Student: Samuel Tomkins
  • Supervisors: Dr Khoon Lim, Dr Alessia Longoni
  • Sponsor: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Community Projects

A national snapshot of health inequity in children with type 1 diabetes in New Zealand, due to a lack of funding for continuous glucose monitoring

  • Student: Hannah Davies
  • Supervisors: Dr Martin de Bock, Dr Mercedes Burnside
  • Sponsor: Diabetics Christchurch Inc.

Pegasus-logo-ImageAuditing outcomes from the Better Breathing programme

  • Student: Jerry Goh
  • Supervisors: Dr Michael Maze, David Chen
  • Sponsor: Pegasus Health Charitable Limited

Determinants of co-infection and re-infection with the most prevalent STIs in NZ

  • Student: Andrew Memory
  • Supervisors: Associate Professor Tony Walls, Dr Andy Anglemyer
  • Sponsor: University of Otago, Division of Health Science

Pegasus-logo-ImageAttitudes towards foot care and barriers to attending annual diabetes foot assessment in Canterbury, New Zealand: An exploratory, qualitative study

  • Student: William Ju
  • Supervisors: Dr Ibrahim Al-Busaidi, Dr Ben Hudson, Associate Professor Helen Lunt
  • Sponsor: Pegasus Health Charitable Limited

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageAn Audit of the Te Hā – Waitaha Smokefree Pregnancy Incentive Programme

  • Student: Brydie Keenan
  • Supervisors: Professor Lutz Beckert, Dr Allamanda Faatoese
  • Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board

The Breath of a Mother: A Review of the Te Hā – Waitaha Smokefree Pregnancy Incentive Programme

  • Students: Julia Kayes
  • Supervisors: Dr Allamanda Faatoese, Professor Lutz Beckert
  • Sponsor: HRC Pacific

MIHI logo imageThe CONSIDER statement: A toolkit to guide research

  • Student: Grace Wharton
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Dr Tania Huria
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute, UOC

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageThe CDHB Hauora Māori Equity Toolkit: tools for implementing DHB Protocols

  • Student: Olivia Beckett
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Dr Maira Patu
  • Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageThe CDHB Hauora Māori Equity Toolkit: Tools for monitoring Hauora Māori outcomes

  • Student: Imo Bos
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Dr Maira Patu
  • Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board

MIHI logo imageThe role of tikanga Māori within Hauora Māori professional Development portfolio to researchers, administrators, service managers and clinicians

  • Student: Zoe Honeyfield
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Dr Maira Patu
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute, UOC

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageThe role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi within a Hauora Māori PD Portfolio for administrators, service managers, clinicians and researchers

  • Student: Suzie Wilding
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Dr Maira Patu
  • Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury-District-Health_Board ImageThe role of te reo Māori within a Hauora Māori Professional Development Portfolio for administrators, researchers, service managers and researchers

  • Student: Fiona Nicoll
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board

MIHI logo imageCanterbury-District-Health_Board ImageTeaching the Teachers: An Orientation Course in Hauora Māori for Otago Medical School Clinical Teachers

  • Student: Sam Cameron-Dunn
  • Supervisors: Ms Amber Philpott, Professor Suzanne Pitama
  • Sponsor: Māori Indigenous Health Institute, Canterbury District Health Board

Assessing changes to children's lives after fixing their teeth under general anaesthesia

  • Student: Arlia Schurr
  • Supervisors: Dr Arun Natarajan, Dr Mani Ekambaram, Professor Murray Thomson
  • Sponsor: Canterbury Branch New Zealand Dental Association

Experience of a clinical trial on gastrointestinal health from the other side

  • Student: Annaleise Faint
  • Supervisor: Dr Simone Bayer
  • Sponsor: Puhoro STEM Academy funded by NZ National Science Challenge - High value nutrition

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