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Early and Mid-Career Researchers Group

Te Kahui Houhare Rangahau Hauora

The Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Group aims to support EMCRs to achieve research excellence by facilitating networking and promoting career development opportunities within the Division. We can be contacted here:


Our Mission: Promote research excellence and sustainability within Aotearoa’s unique research environment

Research careers are dynamic, exciting and hugely rewarding, but can also be daunting and precarious, particularly when starting out.

The Division of Health Sciences Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Management Committee was set up by a group of passionate EMCRs in order to support colleagues across the division to develop research excellence at the University of Otago. As EMCRs ourselves, we understand the trials and tribulations that come with this ultimately rewarding career and want our researchers to achieve excellence while maintaining a holistic life balance.

Working with the Divisional Research Committee, we aim to strengthen our research community across all areas of health science and organise and promote career development opportunities for our EMCRs within the Division. To achieve this, we hold regular symposia, listen to, promote and advocate for EMCRs, and support EMCRs with funding, networking opportunities, and professional development workshops.

We also have a dedicated Blackboard page that includes a calendar of events and other useful information, from grant peer review support, funding opportunities, guides for research impact, Māori Health Advancement, and Vision Mātauranga, and much more. The link is in the Resources section of this page. If you have any problems gaining access to Blackboard, just email us at the address below.

We want to hear from you to know what you need to cultivate a satisfying research career. If you would like to know more, or have any ideas about how we can better support EMCRs, feel free to email us or catch us on Twitter:


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Upcoming events

Early to Mid Career Conference 2021

11 November 2021, 9:15am–5:00pm. Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.

Division of Health Sciences Accelerator Grant 2021

The main priority of this grant is to support Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCRs) of the Division of Health Sciences, to provide additional resources that will enhance career development.

Areas of priorities

  • Support EMCRs to develop and strengthen meaningful relationships and research collaborations with Māori communities, enabling research that is of relevance to Māori and Vision Mātauranga
  • Support EMCRs to develop and strengthen meaningful relationships and research collaborations with Pasifika communities, enabling research that is of relevance to Pasifika
  • Proof-of-concept experiment for a future grant application
  • Domestic travel for access to specialised equipment not available at host institution
  • Domestic travel to workshops/seminars for training e.g. leadership skills, professional skills or commercialisation

This year, in our inaugural EMCR Accelerator Grant round, we awarded approximately $53,000 to EMCRs.

Read about successful projects

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EMCR Management Committee members

Each Management Committee member is involved in two areas of focus and strategic oversight is provided by the Chair.

The EMCR Management Committee currently comprises 11 members from across the three main campuses.

Catherine Collins (Co-Chair)

Catherine Collins imageResearch Fellow
Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences

Twitter handle: @cjcollins_nz
Catherine's profile page

Claire Henry (Co-Chair)

Claire Henry imageResearch Fellow
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health, Wellington Campus

Twitter handle: @DrClaireHenry
Claire's profile page

Megan Anakin

Megan Anakin imageLecturer and Education Adviser
Education Unit, Dean’s Office, Otago Medical School – Dunedin Campus

Twitter handle: @MeganAnakin
Megan's profile page

Htin Lin Aung

Htin-Aung imageSir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellow
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences

Twitter handle: @DrHtinLinAung
Htin Lin Aung's profile page

Abigail Bland

Abigail Bland imageAssistant Research Fellow
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dunedin

Twitter handle: @AbbyBland8
Abigail's profile page

Janice Chew-Harris

Janice Chew-Harris imageResearch Fellow
Christchurch Heart Institute, Department of Medicine, Christchurch Campus

Twitter handle: @Janice_C_Harris
Janice's profile page

Daniel Cury Ribeiro

Daniel Ribeiro imageSenior Lecturer, Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellow
School of Physiotherapy

Twitter handle: @danielcr
Daniel's profile page

Hemakumar Devan

Dr Hem Devan imagePostdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR), School of Physiotherapy, Wellington Campus

Twitter handle: @HemDevan
Hem's profile page

Eddy Dowle

Eddy Dowle imageResearch Fellow
Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences

Eddy's profile page

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew Jenkins image Research Fellow in Mental Health
Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington

Matthew's profile page

Laura Joyce

Laura Joyce imageSenior Lecturer
Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery

Laura's profile page

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For more information, please contact:


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Links and resources

Internal Resources already available to EMCRs

External links


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