Professor Roslyn Kemp has a background in fundamental T cell biology in the context of homeostasis and cancer. Her current work focuses on the local immune response in people with colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases. Specifically, she studies the role of inflammation and the unique features of different subsets of T cells and myeloid cells; and how these cell subsets are involved in patient outcome.
Ros is the Secretary General of the International Union of Immunological Societies, responsible for leading policy and strategic direction, and representing the society with the World Health Organisation and the International Science Council. She has previously had leadership roles in the Australia and New Zealand Society for Immunology and the New Zealand Society of Oncology.
Paul Glue is Professor of Psychological Medicine in the Dunedin School of Medicine, within Otago Medical School at the University of Otago. He graduated MBChB from the University of Otago. He completed his psychiatry training (MRCPsych) in Oxford UK, and was elected FRCPsych in 2010. In 1987 he moved to the US National Institutes of Health for preclinical neuroscience research and completed an MD in clinical psychopharmacology at the University of Bristol, UK in 1992. Since 2009 he has also been working as a consultant psychiatrist for the Southern District Health Board, in adult general psychiatry.
He was involved with translational clinical pharmacology research in the pharmaceutical industry for 18 years (Schering-Plough, Novartis, Pfizer). He has published over 400 papers and abstracts, has 11 patents and several international research awards / prizes. He was involved with the successful development of a number of drugs including pegylated interferon alfa-2b, interferon-ribavirin combinations for chronic hepatitis C, fingolimod for multiple sclerosis, and combination buprenorphine-naltrexone for opioid maintenance treatment. His current research areas include clinical pharmacology, psychopharmacology and clinical trial design. Current active research interests include use of ketamine for treatment-resistant depression and anxiety disorders.
Paul works with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) to promote research commercialisation activities in the Division of Health Sciences. Commercialisation of research is about developing new intellectual property from our research into products and services, thereby contributing to the knowledge-based economy of New Zealand. It is also about building links with industry through knowledge transfer (consulting, commercial research contracts) and technology transfer to enhance the product / services of existing companies. These activities require intimate interaction with the University’s Research and Enterprise Office and Otago Innovation Ltd. Together with senior colleagues in the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences, Paul aims to encourage and support staff and research students to be involved in commercialisation of their research.
After completing her PhD on the PrP protein associated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy at Edinburgh University, Michele came to Otago to complete a Marsden-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry. Since then she has held a number of positions in the Division of Health Sciences, culminating in her present role.
Michele advises the Pro-Vice-Chancellor on all aspects of research strategy within the Division. This includes development of strategy, responses to government initiatives, and allocation of Divisional funding for research.
Claire started her career at the University of Otago teaching ethics in the Philosophy Department and the Bioethics Centre. Over the last ten years she has worked at the as a professional staff member. She has worked in managerial roles primarily in the Research Division (in the Graduate Research School) and the Division of Health Sciences (in the Faculty of Dentistry) and has enjoyed working with a wide range of teams across the institution. Immediately prior to the Research Infrastructure Manager role, she was a project manager working in the Enabling Excellence Programme focusing on a clinical administration process improvement project in the Faculty of Dentistry.
In addition to her formal work for the University, Claire is a member of the Ethical Behaviour Network and SMART (the Sexual Misconduct Action Response Team).
Manon came to Otago to do a PhD in Science Communication, looking at the importance of evidence in people’s health decision making. After finishing her PhD she worked as a researcher for the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Challenge before joining Research & Enterprise as a Research Advisor.
Manon’s role is to assist the Division’s Research and Development Manager. This includes managing the Summer Research Scholarship Programme, the PhD Travel Fund, and supporting the organisation of the annual Forum.