Two EDOR Centre members have been promoted to full professor from 1 February, 2016.
Professor Tony Merriman has many years of experience studying the genetics of gout, a form of arthritis that also has links with diet and obesity. In conjunction with the Auckland-based Maurice Wilkins Centre, Professor Merriman is currently co-directing a programme of research aiming to identify genes that predispose New Zealanders to obesity and type-2 diabetes.
Professor Sally McCormick's research interests include the study of families with inherited lipid disorders, the characterisation of genes involved in early atherosclerosis, lipoprotein metabolism and proteomics, and the identification of novel lipid-lowering agents.
Full professorships are conferred after a rigorous selection process that evaluates academic quality, with input from international experts. Candidates must show sustained excellence and outstanding leadership in research, teaching, and service to the University and their external communities.