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Researchers funded to pursue projects benefiting NZ health

Tuesday 26 May 2015 8:38am

Three researchers from the University of Otago’s Wellington Campus have been awarded Health Research Council Grants (HRC).


Dr Max Berry, from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health received an Emerging Research First Grant of $149,941 for a two-year study looking at how being born prematurely may affect later cardiovascular health.

Dr Max Berry

Dr Rosemary Hall, from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Dr Sally Rose, from Primary Health Care & General Practice both were awarded HRC Feasibility Study awards.

Dr Hall received a $100,000 grant for a study that will look at diabetes in pregnancy and how it effects subsequent generations. Dr Rose’s grant worth $145,326 will allow her to conduct research into partner notifications and rescreening for sexually transmitted infections in primary care.

Dr Sally Rose

Otago researchers received a combined total of around $1.8M of the funding announced by the HRC and eight of the nine Emerging Researcher First Grants and five of the nine Feasibility Study awards.

Otago Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie congratulated the grant recipients on their success.

Dr Rosemary Hall

“I’m especially pleased by Otago’s exceptionally strong performance in the emerging researcher grants. This stellar showing reflects the large body of highly talented early-career staff at our University who are poised to become the research leaders of tomorrow,” Professor Blaikie says.