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Exceptional PhD theses in the Division of Health Sciences (2014)

A thesis is of exceptional quality when all three examiners of a candidate's thesis agree that the thesis is among the top 10% of theses examined, and is of an exceptional standard in the following areas:

  • Research content
  • Originality
  • Quality of expression
  • Accuracy of presentation

Exceptional Phd theses awarded in 2014

Dr Ken Chin  (Department of Medicine, UOC)

Thesis title: Renal function in relation to gentamicin and dabigatran clearance and dosing
Primary Supervisor: Professor Evan Begg

For more information on Ken's work, please contact the Department of Medicine, UOC by emailing deptmed@chmeds.ac.nz

Dr Annemarei Ranta (Department of General Practice and Rural Health DSM)

Thesis title: Transient ischaemic attack and stroke electronic decision support to improve stroke care in New Zealand
Primary Supervisor: Professor Susan Dovey

For more information on Annemarei's work, please contact the Department by emailing gpandrhadmin@otago.ac.nz

Dr Diana Sarfati (Department of Public Health, UOW)

Thesis title: Developing new comorbidity indices for cancer populations using administrative data
Primary Supervisor: Professor Peter Crampton

For more information on Diana's work, please contact the Department of Public Health, UOW by emailing pubh.wsmhs@otago.ac.nz

Dr Sterling Sawaya (Department of Anatomy, OSMS)

Thesis title: Tandem repeats as sources of variation
Primary Supervisor: Professor Neil Gemmell

For more information on Sterling's work, please contact the Department of Anatomy by emailing anatomy@otago.ac.nz

Dr Lesley Ward (School of Physiotherapy)

Thesis title: The role of yoga in the symptom management of musculoskeletal conditions
Primary Supervisor: Professor David Baxter

For more information on Lesley's work, please contact the Physiotherapy by emailing physiotherapy@otago.ac.nz