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Professor Greg Cook named a James Cook Fellow

Posted by on 29 September 2011 | Comments

Congratulations to Professor Greg Cook for the award of a prestigious James Cook Fellowship.

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Otago Medical School Research Society PhD Research Speaker Awards

Posted by on 28 September 2011 | Comments

Zarina D'Costa placed second equal at the Otago Medical School Research Society PhD Research Speaker Awards last night.  Zarina's talk was titled "Regulation of E-cadherin by Human papillomavirus 16 E6".  

Zarina is in the final stages of her PhD under the supervision of Dr Merilyn Hibma in the Virus Research Unit

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Prof Gerald Tannock addresses launch of the Gut Health Network

Posted by on 21 September 2011 | Comments

Prof Gerald Tannock opened the launch of the Gut Health Network on September 21 with a very entertaining talk: "It all starts in the gut..."

The Gut Health Network is a new research initiative bringing together scientists and clinicians from across the university to research the myriad of diseases that are initiated and/or manifested in the gut.  This includes Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Coeliac Disease, Spondyloarthropathies and Diabetes.   The Gut Health Network is also actively involved with community and patient groups such as Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand and the Arthritis Society of New Zealand.   Further information on the Gut Health Network can be found here

Founding members of the Gut Health Network include three researchers from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology: Gerald Tannock, Frank Griffin and Roslyn Kemp.

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Poster prize for Corinna Richter

Posted by on 8 September 2011 | Comments

Corinna Richter was awarded a highly commended poster prize at the Biointeractions satellite meeting (August 28 and 29, 2011) held during the Queenstown Molecular Biology Meetings.  Corinna's poster was titled “Protein-protein interactions and complex formation for CRISPR-mediated defense against foreign genetic elements in Pectobacterium atrosepticum”.  Corinna is a PhD student in Peter Fineran’s lab

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Rutherford Fellowship for Peter Fineran

Posted by on 8 September 2011 | Comments

Congratulations to Peter Fineran for gaining a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

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Peter Fineran awarded University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research

Posted by on 5 September 2011 | Comments

Congratulations to Dr Peter Fineran who has been awarded a 2011 University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research.

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OSMS poster evening and PhD colloquium

Posted by on 29 August 2011 | Comments

The Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) recently held their annual PhD Colloquium at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  Estelle Baker (from Vernon Ward's lab) was one of three winners for Best Research Presentation for her talk "Inherent structural disorder and multimerisation of the norovirus NS1-2 protein". 

Estelle also won the University of Otago Virology Theme Best Poster Award at the OSMS/Genetics Otago Annual Poster Evening held the previous night.

For more about the Poster Evening and PhD colloquium, click here

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Runner-up Buck Immunology award presented to Emily Waugh

Posted by on 3 July 2011 | Comments

The runner-up Buck Immunology award was presented to Emily Waugh on July 1st 2011 for coming second equal in the student oral presentation competition at the New Zealand Australasian Society for Immunology Branch Meeting 2011.  Emily's presentation was titled "MNV and the acquired immune response".  Emily is a PhD student in Professor Vernon Ward's lab.

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Summer studentship successes

Posted by on 22 June 2011 | Comments

Congratulations to Michael Harrington and Julia Prier who both received Highly Commended Awards for their 2010-11 Summer Student Research Reports.  Julia's project " TCR-dependent, pSTAT5-mediated Compensation of pS6K Signalling in Naïve CD8 T Cells" was performed in Roslyn Kemp's lab and Michael's project "Antibiotic resistance in a diarrhoea-causing microbe" was supervised by Dr Heather Brooks.

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OMSRS student speaker award for Clare Burn

Posted by on 22 June 2011 | Comments

Congratulations to Clare Burn for winning the Otago Medical School Research Society student speaker awards that were held May 18th, 2011.  Clare completed a summer studentship with Merilyn Hibma looking at human papillomavirus virus-like particles and their potential as gene delivery vectors in the skin.

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