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Department of Pathology (Dunedin)
BMLSc DipGrad PhD candidate
Research summary
Medical laboratory science, lipid epidemiology, active learning and interprofessional education
Medical Laboratory Science, haematology, chemical pathology, interprofessional education
Laboratory testing, test efficacy, haematology, chemical pathology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology


Cat trained as a medical laboratory scientist. She worked in haematology, immunology and clinical biochemistry in hospital and clinical trial laboratories in NZ and the UK before moving into academia. Her PhD thesis investigates changes in lipid profiles in the Otago region over time. This involves extensive data-mining to determine test equity and efficacy. Are we doing the best tests on the right people at the right time?

Cat is also involved in education research including interprofessional learning, student motivation and engagement.


Beckingsale, L., Olson, H., Robertson-Smith, J., Ronayne, C., & Anakin, M. (2024). "Strategy": The secret to writing a conference abstract in health professions education. Focus on Health Professional Education, 25(1), 88-89. doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v25i1.774 Journal - Research Other

Beckingsale, L., Ronayne, C., Robertson-Smith, J., & Anakin, M. (2023). ‘Where to next’: The secret to writing constructive review comments. Focus on Health Professional Education, 24(3). doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v24i3.740 Journal - Research Other

Ronayne, C., Morison, I., & Hancox, B. (2023). Looking through the lipid glass: Is everything as it seems? In T. Milne, M. Anwar, L. Burga, H. Harcombe, M. Garelja, A. Middleton, D. C. Ribeiro, N. Fleming, K. Ogbuehi & A. Bahn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 266th Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Meeting: Research Staff Speaker Awards. Dunedin, New Zealand: OMSRS. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Olson, H., Ronayne, C., & Anakin, M. (2021, November). Using a competency framework to evaluate an interprofessional orofacial pathology activity for undergraduate students. Verbal presentation at the College of Oral Health Academics (COHA) Virtual Conference: 100 years strong and still growing: Celebrating the past and moving into the future, [Online]. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Olson, H., Ronayne, C., Anakin, M., Meldrum, A., & Rich, A. (2020). Working together in clinical pathology: An interprofessional education initiative for dentistry, oral health, and medical laboratory science teachers and students. MedEdPublish, 9(1), 9. doi: 10.15694/mep.2020.000009.2 Journal - Research Article

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