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PhD research underway at the University of Otago, Christchurch

Department of Anaesthesia

Student : Tracey Pons
Supervisors : Professor Ted Shipton, Professor Roger Mulder and Dr Jonathan Williman
Topic : Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) physiotherapy management : a randomised controlled trial of no-pain exposure versus pain exposure management

Department of the Dean

Student : Jen Desrosiers
Supervisors : Professor Tim Wilkinson, Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama
Topic : Medical student explicit attitudes and knowledge about gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity throughout advanced learning in medicine

Student : Sharyn Esteves
Supervisors : Professor Tim Wilkinson and Dr Marcus Henning
Topic : Professionally appropriate social media use for healthcare students: Development of an educational tool to support healthcare students’ appropriate use

Student : Tracy Haitana
Supervisors : Dr Cameron Lacey, Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama and Professor Marie Crowe
Topic : The impact of life events on the course of Bipolar Disorder in Māori

Student : Karen Keelan
Supervisors : Dr Cameron Lacey, Professor Tim Wilkinson and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama
Topic : He Tirohanga Whanui ki nga Mahi Tikanga mo nga Whare Tiaki Kaumatua: Views on What Constitutes Best Practice in caring for Kaumatua in residential aged care facilities

Student : Joy Rudland
Supervisor : Professor Tim Wilkinson
Topic : The impacts on medical students' learning

Department of Medicine

Student : Rebecca Abey-Nesbit
Supervisors : Professor Tim Wilkinson, Dr Hamish Jamieson and Professor Philip Sluter
Topic : Assessing Health Outcomes of older people using InterRAU data

Student : Russell Buckley
Supervisors : Professor Richard Jones, Professor Lutz Beckert, Dr Carrie Innes and Dr Paul Kelly
Topic : Can early treatment prevent sleep apnoea-related brain damage

Student : Simon Feng
Supervisors : Dr Michael MacAskill, Professor Tim Anderson, Dr Toni Pitcher and Dr Tracy Melzer
Topic : Analysis of saccadic function in Parkinson's Disease using advanced MRI imaging techniques

Student : Phoebe Heenan
Supervisors : Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Jacqui Keenan, Dr Paula Andrews, Dr Wayne Young and Dr Nicole Roy
Topic : The Association between Diet and Acute Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Student : Tania Huria
Supervisors : Professor Lutz Beckert, Professor Suetonia Palmer and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama
Topic : "Created Equal" : Investigating health system perspectives of disparities in health outcomes for Māori

Student : Venkat Krishnamoorthy
Supervisors : Professor Richard Jones, Professor Lutz Beckert, Dr Steve Weddell and Dr Reza Shoorangiz
Topic : Real-time detection and prediction of lapses of responsiveness

Student : Megan Stark
Supervisors : Dr Tracy Melzer, Professor Tim Anderson, Dr Steven Marsh, Professor John Dalrymple-Alford and Dr Daniel Myall
Topic : Amyloid and Tau positron emission tomography imaging in Parkinson's disease

Student : Evie Templeton
Supervisors : Dr Anna Pilbrow, Associate Professor John Pickering and Professor Vicky Cameron
Topic : Using non-coding RNAs to identify heart failure patients at risk of acute kidney injury

Student : Uma Venkatasubramanian
Supervisors : Professor Richard Jones, Professor Lutz Beckert, Dr Steve Weddell and Dr John Pearson added
Topic : Real-time detection and prediction of lapses of responsiveness

Student : Zoe Ward
Supervisors : Dr Anna Pilbrow, Professor Vicky Cameron, Associate Professor John Pearson and Dr Sebastian Schmeier
Topic : Predicting progression from coronary disease to heart failure

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Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

Student : Natalie Conley
Supervisors : Dr Brigit Mirfin-Vetich and Dr Jenny Conder
Topic : An exploration of the experience of registered nurses caring for people receiving compulsory care as care recipients under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003

Student : Fernanda Fernandez Zimmermann
Supervisors : Dr Beverley Burrell and Dr Jenny Jordan
Topic : Increasing quality of life at the end of life: an intervention program based on mindfulnes meditation for patients in the context of palliative care

Student : Shirley Harris
Supervisors : Associate Professor Philippa Seaton and Dr Beverley Burrell
Topic : Mastery of breathlessness after a six week multidisciplinary breathlessness support service compared with usual care

Student : Adrian Higgins
Supervisors : Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder and Professor Kate Diesfeld
Topic : An examination of the rehabilitative outcomes for care recipients subject to compulsory care orders under the Intellectual (Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003

Student : Virginia Maskill
Supervisors : Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Professor Marie Crowe and Dr Maree Inder
Topic : The impact of diabetes on patient's sense of self

Student : Cate McCall
Supervisors : Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Anitra Carr and Dr Sarah Metcalf
Topic : Understanding the personal experience and clinical course of sepsis

Student : Nic McKenzie
Supervisors : Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder and Dr Henrietta Trip
Topic : Advance Care Planning and Intellectual Disability

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Student : Mak Sarwar
Supervisors : Professor John Evans, Dr Kenny Chitcholtan and Associate Professor Peter Sykes
Topic : The effect of the microenvironment of cancer cells on gene and protein expression, activation of signalling pathways and sensitivity to drugs

Student : Alex Tino
Supervisors : Dr Kenny Chitcholtan, Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Professor John Evans and Associate Professor Peter Sykes
Topic : Ovarian Cancer

Student : Irfan Yunianto
Supervisors : Associate Professor Peter Sykes, Dr Kenny Chitcholtan and Dr Margaret Currie
Topic : The JAKs Stats Pathway in Ovarian Cancer

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Student : Cesar Alcala Orozco
Supervisors : Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Isha Mutreja, Dr Khoon Lim and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic : 3D printing of functional nano-composite scaffolds for bone regeneration

Student : Pau Atienza Roca
Supervisors : Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Yogamha Ramaswamy and Dr Lyn Wise
Topic : Growth Factor Delivery System for Bone Regeneration

Student : Kenzie Baer
Supervisors : Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic : Quantitative Spectral (MARS) CT Imaging of Cartilage and Bone Health

Student : Mitch Durham
Supervisors : Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic : Bioassembly of tissue specific niche environments for musculoskeletal regenerative medicine

Student : Jun Li
Supervisors : Associate Professor Tim Woodfield and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic : 3D printed porous titanium scaffolds with mesenchynal stem cells for cortical bone regeneration

Student : Jonathon Parrish
Supervisors : Associate Professor Tim Woodfield and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic : Towards an osteochondral construct for high throughput screening

Student : Josie Shum
Supervisors : Associate Professor Tim Woodfield and Dr Justin Fernandez
Topic : In silico and in vivo, biomechanical evaluation of devices and sheep model for optimised additive manufactured scaffolds

Student : Bram Soliman
Supervisors : Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic : Biofabrication of hybrid scaffolds for musculoskeletal regenerative medicine

Student : Seth Taylor
Supervisors : Professor Gary Hooper, Dr David Kieser and Associate Professor Niels Hammer
Topic : A further experimental investigation into the viability of synbone ballistic spheres as a proxy to human crania

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Department of Paediatrics

Student : Stephanie Brown
Supervisors : Professor Andrew Day, Professor Richard Gearry and Dr Paula Skidmore
Topic : Nutrition and Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Student : Sarah Harris
Supervisors : Professor Richard Troughton and Associate Professor Nicola Austin
Topic : N-terminal pro-Btype Natriuretic Peptide and Occult Pulmonary Hypertension in Premature Neonates

Student : Angharad Hurley
Supervisors : Professor Andrew Day and Professor Richard Gearry
Topic : The application of a mobile health app to improve the health, well-being and treatment adherence in children with inflammatory bowel disease

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Department of Pathology

Student : Bee Bathish
Supervisors : Professor Christine Winterbourn and Professor Tony Kettle
Topic : Identification of novel peroxidase-catalyzed sulfur cross-links in proteins

Student : Linda Buss
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Associate Professor Margaret Currie, Dr Barry Hock, Professor Bridget Robinson and Dr Abel Ang
Topic : Investigating exercise-mediated changes in the tumour microenvironment of melanoma and lung cancer

Student : Leah Butt
Supervisors : Associate Professor Margaret Currie, Dr Barry Hock, Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Mr Jeremy Sinwock and Dr Matthew Strother
Topic : Measuring markers of immune response in patients treated with PD-1 inhibitors

Student : Rebekah Crake
Supervisors : Associate Professor Margaret Currie, Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Professor Bridget Robinson and Dr Matthew Strother
Topic : Impact of obesity and inflammation on breast cancer cell response to chemotherapy

Student : Dayang Datu Abdul Salam
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Professor Margreet Vissers, Dr Stephanie Bozonet and Dr Elisabeth Phillips
Topic : The mechanisms of toxicity of ascorbate and its interaction with strandard cancer therapies

Student : Teagan Hoskin
Supervisors : Professor Tony Kettle, Professor Richard Gearry and Professor Andrew Day
Topic : Oxidative post-translational modifications of calprotectin during inflammation

Student : Piyush Jha
Supervisors : Professor Madhav Bhatia and Professor Steve Chambers
Topic : Evaluating the therapeutic potential of hydrogen sulfide inhibition or administration in polymicrobial sepsis (PMS)

Student : Bailey Kennedy
Supervisors : Dr Margaret Currie, Dr Roslyn Kemp, Dr David Gibbs and Professor John McCall
Topic : Understanding the role of innate immune cell populations in colorectal cancer

Student : Cen Liau
Supervisors : Professor Martin Kennedy, Dr Simone Cree, and Dr Simran Maggo
Topic : The application of nanopore sequencing technology for pharmacogenomics profiling in adverse drug reactions

Student : Ali Mohammadi
Supervisors : Professor Stephen Chambers, Professor David Murdoch and Dr Amy Scott-Thomas
Topic : Volatile organic compounds: identification and application as a diagnostic target for Legionnaires disease

Student : Stephanie Moran
Supervisors : Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Andrea Pearson and Professor Margreet Vissers
Topic : Peroxiredoxins as markers of oxidative stress

Student : Arthur Morley-Bunker
Supervisors : Dr Logan Walker, Dr Margaret Currie, Associate Professor John Pearson and Associate Professor Tim Eglinton
Topic : Scoping for RNZ biomarkers of colorectal and rectal cancer cases

Student : Annika Seddon
Supervisors : Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Margaret Currie and Professor Tony Kettle
Topic : Investigating the biology of tumour-associated neutrophils

Student : Priyanka Sinha
Supervisors : Professor Martin Kennedy, Dr Simone Cree and Associate Professor John Pearson
Topic : Genomic analysis of mood disorder drugs in bipolar disorder

Student : Kim Ton
Supervisors : Professor Martin Kennedy, Associate Professor Matthew Doogue and Associate Professor John Pearson
Topic : Application of new technologies to pharmacogenetics

Student : George Wiggins
Supervisors : Dr Logan Walker, Associate Professor John Pearson, Associate Professor Michael Black and Dr Anita Dunbier
Topic : Gene expression variability in breast tumour development.

Student : Jessika Wise
Supervisors : Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Margaret Currie
Topic : 3D breast tumour models for drug discovery

Student : Christina Wohlrab
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Professor Margreet Vissers and Professor Bridget Robinson
Topic : The role of ascorbate in renal cancers

Student : Masuma Zawari
Supervisors : Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Anitra Carr, Dion Thompson and Dr Andree Pearson
Topic : Bioavailability and health effects of isothiocynates from nutraceutical preparations

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Department of Population Health

Student : Chidimma Aham-Chiabuotu
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Topic : Exploring Internally Displaced Women's Experiences and Resources for Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence in Northern Nigeria

Student : Susan Bidwell
Supervisors : Associate Professor Lee Thompson and Associate Professor Gillian Abel
Topic : Exploring how and why people seek out and use dietary supplements and natural medicines to maintain and improve their health

Student : Rachael Dixon
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Dr Lisette Burrows
Topic : The contribution learning in Health Education at senior secondary school can make to the future health workforce in NZ

Student : Phil Hider
Supervisors : Dr Jonathan Williman and Dr Patrick Graham
Topic : Measuring hospital performance in quality and safety in New Zealand

Student : Toyin Kolawole
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Topic : Perceptions of HIV Risk and Acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Black African Women in NZ

Student : Bonnie Scarth
Supervisors : Associate Professor Lee Thompson and Dr Bronwyn Thompson
Topic : Perceptions of suffering, suicide and physician-assisted suicide within the concepts of "rationality", "autonomy" and "dignity"

Student : Lev Zhuravsky
Supervisors : Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Topic : Creating Resilience in Health Care Organizations. Role of Shared Leadership in Realigning a Gap between Work as Imagined and Work as Done

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Department of Psychological Medicine

Student : Ian Averill
Supervisors : Professor Richard Porter, Professor Marie Crowe and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : Identifying early cliical change during treatment for depression using simple objective measures

Student : Ben Beaglehole
Supervisors : Associate Professor Caroline Bell, Professor Roger Mulder and Associate Professor Joe Boden
Topic : The psychological impacts of the Canterbury Earthquakes

Student : Vanessa Gray
Supervisors : Professor Richard Porter and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : Cognitive remediation and Apophenia in the elderly depressed

Student : Samantha Groves
Supervisors : Professor Richard Porter, Dr Jenny Jordan and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : The impack of IPSRT and cognitive remediation on neuropsychological function in recurrent mood disorders

Student : Andre McLachlan
Supervisors : Associate Professor Simon Adamson, Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, Dr Fraser Todd and Dr Ria Schroder
Topic : Service delivery to rural Māori whanau experiencing co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders

Student : Donna Ritchie
Supervisors : Professor Marie Crowe and Dr Dave Carlyle
Topic : How men living with disabilities are occupied with constructing and reproducing their own masculinity

Student : Mayouri Sukhapure
Supervisors : Professor Richard Porter, Dr Anna Fenton and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : The relationship between androgen levels, depressive symptoms, cognitive function (an associated feature of depression) and emotional processing in females referred for specialist gynaecological endocrine assessment in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Department of Radiology

Student : Sikiru Adebileje
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler, Professor Phil Butler, Canty and Dr Niels de Ruiter,
Topic : Spectral reconstruction of MARS data.

Student : Fatemeh Asghariomabad
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler, Professor Phil Butler and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Developing novel approaches and laboratory environments for Spectral (multi-energy) CT imaging of atheroma to detect and monitor vulnerable plaque

Student : Shri Bheesette
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Anne Dabrowski and Professor Phil Butler
Topic : Development of Medipix based mixed-field radiation measurement system for the CMS experiment.

Student : Shishir Dahal
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Capability of MARS CT to quantify the types and amount of nanoparticles in luteinizing hormone receptors for molecular imaging to differentiate differ

Student : Chiara Lowe
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Measuring the activity of cancer using targeted nanoparticles and MARS imaging

Student : Emmanuel Marfo
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Aamir Raja and Dr Nanette Schleich
Topic : Radiation protection of patients undergoing high dose rate brachytherapy treatment

Student : Aysouda Matanaghi
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Modeling of Catilage Tissue Using Spectral Computed Tomography Imaging

Student : Maya Rajeswari Amma
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler, Associate Professor Nigel Anderson and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Study of bone-metal interface in orthopaedic application using spectral CT

Student : Mohsen Ramyar
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Tim Woodfield and Dr Nigel Anderso
Topic : Spectral CT

Student : Jereena Sreedharan Sheeja
Supervisors : Professor Anthony Butler and Professor Phil Butler
Topic : High Performance MARS Spectral Multi-Energy CT scanner in Clinical Applications

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Department of Surgery

Student : Alan Aitchison
Supervisors : Dr Jacqui Keenen, Professor Martin Kennedy and Dr Paul Pace
Topic : The role of Enterotoxic Bacteroides fragilis in the loss of E-cadherin in colorectal cancer

For more information

Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
P O Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 0527
Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz

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