Congratulations to Dr James Ussher, who is one of the eight University of Otago recipients of the HRC (Health Research Council) Emerging Research Grant.
James has been awarded $150,000 over 36 months for his project Mucosal associated invariant T cells: mechanisms of bacterial control in humans.
Emerging researcher grants, which this year total more than $1.3M, support the career development of some of New Zealand’s best and brightest health researchers. This year University of Otago researchers were highly successful, taking away away eight of the nine grants available.
Professor Gerald Tannock has secured funding as Co-Principal Investigator of a project with Professor Bernhard Breier of Massey University, Auckland. The project entitled The gut microbiome: a new pathway to obesity prevention and metabolic health has been awarded $1,199,468.
Announcing the funding results, HRC Chief Executive Dr Kathryn McPherson said recipients of emerging researcher grants are “outstanding in their respective research fields and with these grants they will be able to conduct research that will benefit the health of all New Zealanders”.