2015 Grants

11 August 2015

AAHA Grant winners 2015
AAHA Grant winners 2015

Grants totaling $400,000 for collaborative research projects between scientists and clinicians from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the Auckland District Health Board were announced recently.

One of the first significant initiatives of the two organisations under the Auckland Academic Health Alliance was the establishment of the co-funded Research Collaboration Fund.

The RCF is co-funded by the A+ Trust (Auckland DHB’s charitable trust) and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and is designed to support joint research projects and develop relationships between Auckland DHB and FMHS staff.

“The Research Collaboration Fund was able to make three grants of $100,000 and two grants of $50,000, each involving a researcher from both institutions,” said Chair of the A+ Trust, Dr Richard Frith at a function to mark the first grants made by the Fund.

“There were 23 excellent applications to the inaugural grant round,” said Professor Andrew Shelling who announced the successful projects. “The successful applicants did extremely well in a tough funding round with many high quality applications.”

The five successful projects were;

  • Professor Jillian Cornish (UOA Medicine) and Dr John Ferguson (ADHB Orthopaedics): Project on the ‘Clinical efficacy of bone dust harvested at the time of orthopaedic spinal surgery’.
  • Dr Stefan Bohlander (UOA Molecular Medicine and Pathology) and Dr Neil van de Water (ADHB Diagnostic Genetics): Project on ‘Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Diagnostics in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)’.
  • Dr Darren Svirskis (UOA Pharmacy) and Ian Costello (ADHB Pharmacy): Project on the ‘Development of a stability database to support transition to an ambulatory infusion chemotherapy service model’.
  • Professor Peter Stone (UOA Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and Dr Kevin Ellyett (ADHB Respiratory Measurement Laboratory): Project on ‘The effect of maternal sleep practice on maternal and fetal physiology: a link with stillbirth’.
  • Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery (UOA Physiology) and Associate Professor Jonathan Skinner ADHB Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Services): Project on ‘Joining of hearts and minds to address the cellular basis of Long QT Syndrome’.


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