2016 AAHA Collaborative Research Grants

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Dr Margaret Wilsher and Professor John Fraser are pleased to announce details of the four projects that were awarded funding in the 2016 Auckland Academic Health Alliance Collaborative Research Grant round.

The University and DHB jointly-led projects were awarded a total of $300,000 to foster research relationships that promise enhancements in prevention, diagnosis and therapies.

The Alliance was created to develop and foster these relationships and we have robust expectations that the following projects will not only advance science, but also demonstrate just how directly clinical science can create very tangible patient benefits in our health system.

The A+ Trust, Auckland DHB and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences jointly award these funds. You can find out more about the funding here. (external link)  

The researchers and grants are:

  • Dr Susann Beier and Associate Professor Mark Webster, who receive funding of $100,000 for “Coronary Artery Atlas”, a study of coronary artery flow assessment in normal and pathological cases to improve stent strategy.
  • Another grant of $100,000 has been awarded to Dr Raida Al-Kassas and Dr Mark O'Carroll  for “New and effective method for the treatment of cystic fibrosis using nanotechnology”, an investigation into delivering sodium chloride therapy using inhaled nanoparticles.
  • Professor Merryn Gott and Dr Andrew Old, who receive funding of $49,000 for “End of Life Care Provision by Auckland DHB”, an extensive survey into the end of life circumstances of terminal patients dying under the care of the Auckland District Health Board.
  • Professor Mike Dragunow and Dr Clinton Turner, who receive funding of $50,000 for “Immune Cells in Meningioma”, a retrospective observational analysis of the prognostic significance of tumour-infiltrating lymphocyte and macrophage subsets. The particular focus is on the seven-year recurrence-free survival of patients with meningioma in Auckland.

Congratulations to these researchers for their most impressive proposals and well-deserved grants.

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