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Previous winners of Otago Medical School Research Society prizes

YearMeetingWinners
2019Research Staff Meeting 249th Meeting

1. Dr Indranil Basak
    Department of Biochemistry
    Characterisation of CLN5 Batten disease in induced pluripotent stem
    cell derived human neurons.

Summer Students
248th Meeting

Pat Cragg Summer Student Prize

1. Oscar German
    Department of Biochemistry
    Investigation of the mechanism of aspirin action in combined breast
    cancer therapy.

2= Helene Chua
      Department of Oral Rehabilitation
      The cooling efficiency of different dental high-speed handpiece coolant
      port designs.

2= Eleni Hackwell
      Department of Anatomy
      Prolactin action on kisspeptin neurons is required for maintaining
      lactational infertility.

2018MSc / Honours 246th Meeting

1= Adam Chau
       Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
       Attenuation of ischaemia reperfusion injury in hypertrophic hearts with
       oCOm-21: a potential inotrope through the modulation of calcium.
1= Grace Macaulay
      
Department of Women’s and Children’s Health
       Sleep in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

PhD 245th Meeting
  1. Brin Ryder
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Immunisation with BCG alters lung phagocyte dynamics during early mycobacterial infection of mice.
  2. Serada Ketharnathan
    Department of Pathology
    A non-coding genetic variant maximally associated with serum urate levels is functionally linked to HNF4A-dependent PDZK1 expression.
Science Writing Prize
  1. Sarah Donald
    Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
    Treating for two - exploring the use and safety of medicines in pregnancy.
  2. Sarah Rhodes
    School of Physiotherapy
    Physical activity in obstructive sleep apnoea:If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.
  3. Jessica Young
    Department of General Practice and Rural Health
    Is there a right time to die?
Research Staff 244th Meeting
  1. Rachel Darnell
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Staying one step ahead: Understanding the development of resistance to new antimicrobial teixobactin using Enterococcus faecali as a model.
Summer Students
243rd Meeting

Pat Cragg Summer Student Prize

  1. Sophie Mathiesen
    Department of Psychology and Department of Biochemistry
    Assessing the efficacy of a novel adeno-associated viral capsid in targeting the brain.
  2. Ashton Blake-Barlow
    Departments of Medicine and Department of Surgical Sciences
    Aortic size index to predict risk in coronary artery disease patients.

2017Honours/Masters
242nd Meeting
  1. Maya Wilde
    Department of Psychology
    Secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha and active peptide fragments regulate neuronal morphology.
  2. Sarah Trevelyan
    Department of Biochemistry
    Characterisation of C-terminal oligomerisation domains within Apoptosis Signal-regulating Kinases.
Science Writing Prize
  1. Roisin Hegarty
    Department of Psychology
    Accepting the things we cannot change – a solution to the problem of fatigue in arthritis?
  2. Alice-Roza Eruera
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Parasites and People; a Malarious Relationship.
  3. Sarah Parackal
    Department of Biochemistry
    Blood Will Tell! Circulating Tumour DNA as a Diagnostic and Surveillance Clinical Tool for Cancer Patients.
Health Sciences Research Forum Poster Prize
  1. Hannah Best
    Department of Biochemistry
    Therapeutic targeting of cellular clearance pathways in neurodegenerative Batten disease.
PhD 240th Meeting
  1. Stella Cameron
    Department of Anatomy
    Pathophysiological and anatomical changes of the deep cerebellar nuclei in a chronic rat model of Parkinson’s disease.
  2. Matthew Sykes
    Department of Anatomy
    Low-intensity magnetic stimulation and excitability in the rodent neocortex as measured by local field potentials
Research Staff 239th Meeting
  1. Carol Bussey
    Department of Physiology
    Increased right cardiac sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve activity in type 2 diabetes.
Summer Students
238th Meeting

Pat Cragg Summer Student Prize

  1. Julia Gouws
    Department of Physiology
    Determining sexually dimorphic changes in CRH neural network activity induced by stress hormones.

2= Bryony Hamilton
     Department of Pathology
     A new peripheral blood test for HPV to predict perinatal disease.
2= Jodi Thomas
     Department of Anatomy
     Investigating early genetic regulators of sex change in labrid fish.

2016Honours/Masters
237th Meeting
  1. Natalie Fleming
    School of Pharmacy
    A mathematical model for urate transport across a proximal tubule cell.
  2. Bradley Jamieson
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and the Department of Physiology
    Endocannabinoid-mediated negative feedback control of the stress axis.
Science Writing Prize
  1. Hannah Kennedy
    A Diagnostic Odyssey: Finding a Cardiac Killer
  2. Sarah Maessen
    The perils of snoring: Don’t ignore the elephant in the bedroom
PhD 236th Meeting
  1. Kirsten Ward
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Effector regulatory T cells are associated with disease-free survival in colorectal cancer.
  2. Safina Gadeock
    Department of Physiology
    Increased permeability is an inherent defect in the colonic epithelium of Chrohn's disease patients.
Health Sciences Research Forum Poster Prize
  1. Sujita Narayan 
    School of Pharmacy
    Antihypertensive medicines utilisation: A decade-long nationwide study of octogenarians, nonagenarians and centenarians.

Research Staff 234th Meeting

  1. Dr Emmet Power
    Department of Physiology
    Altered metabotropic glutamate receptor activity in early spinocerebellar ataxia type 1.

Summer Students
233rd Meeting

Pat Cragg Summer Student Prize

  1. Danyon Graham
    Sir John Walsh Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry
    The molecular basis of triazole inhibition of an antifungal target.
  2. Isabelle van Hout
    Department of Physiology
    The effects of bacterial components on colonic stem cell proliferation.
2015Health Sciences Research Forum Poster Prize
  1. Christopher Hakkaart and Parry Guilford
    Department of Biochemistry
    Screening for predisposition for gastric cancer in Māori

Honours/Masters
232nd Meeting

  1. Olivia Egan
    Department of Anatomy
    Leptin receptor signalling in Agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons modulates puberty
  2. Sarah Scott
    School of Physiotherapy
    "Not always a straight path": patients' perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction.

PhD 231st Meeting

  1. Andrew Reynolds,
    Department of Human NutritionImpact of glycaemia of walking after eating and standard physical activity advice in type 2 diabetes: a randomised crossover trial
  2. Kate Thomas,
    School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
    Hot-water immersion increases popliteal artery shear stress in peripheral arterial disease
Science Writing Prize 
  1. Nikita Potemkin,
    Department of Anatomy
    Helping the fights against Alzheimer's disease: beating the bullies
  2. Aimee Ward,
    Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and Department of Geography
    How do we know the 'Happy Wanderer' is really happy?
Research Staff 229th Meeting
  1. Dr Owen Jones
    Department of Psychology and Brain Health Research Centre
    Astrocytes regulate synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus.

Summer Students
228th Meeting

Pat Cragg Summer Student Prize

  1. Philippa Ross,
    Department of Women's and Children's Health
    Incidence and characteristics of insulin pump-associated adverse events in New Zealand children and adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus
  2. Terry Zhang
    Department of Anatomy
    Evaluating the immune modulating effects of microparticles from Human papillomavirus type 16-E7 expressing keratinocytes on Langerhans cell-like cells
OPMS Clinical Prize
227th Meeting
  1. Tim Hodgson
    Southern District Health Board
    Green inclusions seen in neutrophils and monocytes are lipid-rich and associated with ischaemic hepatitis, lactic acidosis and high mortality
  2. Harry Dean
    Department of General Surgery
    Improving trauma team function at Dunedin Public Hospital
2014

Pre-Doctoral meeting
226th meeting

  1. Kieran Bunn
    Department of Women's and Children's Health
    Novel mutations in DVL1 cause an increase in bone mineral density through the WNT signalling pathway
  2. Samuel Wilkins
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Engineering electrospun nanofibres with orf virus proteins for improved wound healing
PhD meeting
225th meeting
  1. Sam Norton
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Colorectal tumour associated macrophages are more pro-inflammatory than adjacent control bowel tissue macrophage populations
  2. Nicole Neverman
    Department of Biochemistry
    Identification and correction of prenatal synaptic pathologies in CLN6 ovine Batten disease.
Health Sciences Research Forum Poster Prize
  1. Joanne Jung Eun Choi
    Sir John Walsh Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry
    Continuous and simultaneous measurement of intraoral pH and temperature
Science Writing Prize
  1. Chris Harris
    Masters student, Department of Biochemistry
    Unlocking Prostate Cancer
  2. Monika Sharma
    PhD student, Department of Biochemistry
    Lipoprotein(a): step-child in the lipid family
Research Staff
223rd Meeting
  1. Su Young Han
    Department of Physiology
    Optogenetic control of arcuate kisspeptin neurons in vivo
Summer Students
222nd Meeting
  1. Ivor Malahay (1st=)
    Department of Physiology
    COMMD10 is important for zymogen granule formation in AR42J pancreatic acinar cells
    Chris Marshall (1st=)
    Department of Physiology
    Measuring pulsatile lutenizing hormone secretion in a prenatal androgen treated model of polycystic ovarian syndrome
OPMS Clinical Prize
221st Meeting
  1. Tracey Putt
    Department of Medicine
    GFR may not accurately predict aspects of proximal tubule drug handling
2013

Science Writing Prize

  1. Sophia Cameron-Christie
    PhD Student, Department of Women's and Children's Health
  2. Brigid Ryan
    PhD Student, Department of Anatomy

Pre-Doctoral
220th Meeting

  1. Crystal Diong
    Department of Physiology
    Increased sympathetic activity in obesity may protect against pulmonary hypertension
  2. Hannah Twigg
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Anatomy
    The effect of maternal obesity of developmental gene expression in the fetal arcuate nucleus

PhD Students
219th Meeting

  1. Simon de Croft
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology
    Peptidergic intercommunication between kisspeptin neurons of the arcuate nucleus of the male mouse
  2. Maggie Corr
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Anatomy
    Insulin receptor signalling in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurons plays a role in regulating metabolic function, but not reproductive function, in female mice
Health Sciences Research Forum Poster PrizeNo award

Research Staff
217th Meeting

  1. Clementine Bosch
    Department of Anatomy
    The role of the motor thalamus in Parkinson's disease

Summer Students
216th Meeting

  1. Jessica Macindoe
    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
    In vitro preconditioning of hippocampal slices with GYKI-52466
  2. Elliot Dunn
    Departments of Physiology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medicine
    Long-term in vitro expansion of human intestinal organoids
2012

Pre-Doctoral
215th Meeting

  1. Papillon Gustafson
    Department of Anatomy
    Characterisation of a tamoxifen-inducible STAT5 knockout mouse
  2. Elliot Dunn
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Macrophage and T cell distribution in autoimmune inflammation of the gut

PhD Students
214th Meeting

  1. Su Young Han
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology
    Induction of hypertension blunts baroreflex inhibition of vasopressin neuron activity in Cyp1a1-Ren2 (inducible hypertensive) rats
  2. Ali Mirjalili
    Department of Anatomy
    Is iatrogenic injury of the spinal accessory nerve necessarily the surgeon’s fault?

Post-Doctoral
212th Meeting

  1. Jenny Clarkson
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology
    Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone and G-protein-coupled receptor-54 signaling are required to establish the sexually dimorphic brain of mice

Summer Students
211th Meeting

  1. Daniel Sundaresan
    Faculty of Dentistry
    Investigating the oral bacterial diversity of Dunedin children
  2. Samantha Murray
    Department of Anatomy
    Do schizophrenia-inducing signals alter development of the fetal brain?
Health Sciences Divisional Research Forum Poster Prize
  1. Andrew Highton
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Immunisation Using Sustained Release Vaccines Generates a Discrete CD8 T Cell Memory Population in the Gut
2011

Pre-Doctoral
210th Meeting

  1. Mike Fleete
    Department of Anatomy
    Altered nitric oxide synthase and arginase activity and expression in the Alzheimer's diseased brain
  2. Yeri Kim
    Department of Physiology
    Alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors contribute to cerebellar excitatory synaptic transmission

PhD Students
209th Meeting

  1. Amy Wolf
    Department of Psychology
    Long-term consequences of maternal immune activation on contextual processing in the offspring: relevance to schizophrenia
  2. Zarina D'Costa (2nd=)
    Microbiology and Immunology
    Human papillomavirus type 16 E6 regulates E-cadherin in a DNA methyltransferase-dependent manner
    Yanfeng Zhang (2nd=)
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology, Department of Psychology, and Brain Health Research Centre
    Timing dependent effects of reinforcement on visual responses in the superior colliculus

Post-Doctoral
208th Meeting

  1. Karl Iremonger
    Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology
    An unusual site of action potential initiation in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons

Summer Students
207th Meeting

  1. Clare Burn
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Human papillomavirus virus-like particles and their potential as gene delivery vectors in the skin
  2. Michael Fleete (2nd=)
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
    Effects of aging on arginine metabolism in the striatum and spinal cord in rats
    Edward Ottley (2nd=)
    Anatomy and Structural Biology
    Activin C: a possible therapeutic target in prostate cancer progression
2010

Pre-Doctoral
205th meeting

  1. Dharshini Sreenivasan
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
  2. Shane Hellyer
    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

PhD Students
203rd Meeting

  1. Jean-Ha Baek
    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  2. Evan Tan
    Department of Women's and Children's Health

Summer Students
202nd Meeting

  1. John Zhang
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
  2. Jordan Vincent
    Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Post-Doctoral
201st Meeting

  1. Dr Kristin Hillman
    Department of Psychology
2009Summer Students
  1. Yie Kuan Wong
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  2. Andrew Wong
    Department of Oral Sciences
PhD Students
  1. Zsombor Koszegi
    Department of Physiology
  2. Verity Oliver (2nd=)
    Department of Biochemistry
    Margriet van Kogelenberg (2nd=)
    Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Pre-Doctoral
  1. Kirstie Allen
    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  2. Michael Corbett
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
2008Summer Students
  1. Kajsa Igelstrom
  2. Marcus Lee
PhD Students
  1. Ian Winburn
  2. Zabeen Lateef
  3. Kelly McKelvey
Pre-Doctoral
  1. Lisa Smith
  2. Sara McKee
2007Summer Students
  1. Shilpa Raju
    Department of Oral Sciences
  2. Chamil Samaranayaka
    Department of Oral Sciences
PhD Students
  1. Stephanie Sonnberg
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  2. Dana Westphal
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Pre-Doctoral
  1. Madihah Rushaidhi
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
  2. Zarina D'Costa
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
2006PhD Students
  1. Jenny Clarkson
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  2. Francesca Crowel
    Department of Human Nutrition
Pre-Doctoral
  1. Caroline Talbot
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
  2. Melissa Barry
    Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology