Collaboration and Networking the Focus for Research Day
The breadth and diversity of research undertaken in the Department of Anatomy was showcased recently at a Research Day in the Department. Postgraduate students and academics each delivered short five minute presentations focusing on their research.
Three Research Projects Supported by the Marsden Fund
Congratulations to Associate Professor Hallie Buckley, Associate Professor Christine Jasoni and Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith who have been successful in receiving funding from the prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund. Their projects explore the emergence of social inequality in a late Iron Age community in Southeast Asia, the risk of obesity in children whose mothers were obese during pregnancy, and the genomic profile of the first New Zealanders.
Together, these projects will bring in over $2.2M to the Department of Anatomy.
Research Project Strengthens Link with Max Planck Institute
An ongoing collaboration between the research laboratories of Dr Beulah Leitch (University of Otago) and Professor Erin Schuman at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (MPI-BR) has created a strategic new initiative between this Department and the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. Project Title: Detection of newly-synthesised proteins at synapses using EM-Immunogold combined with modified puro-PLA and FUNCAT – PLA Methods. The collaboration combines the expertise and knowledge of researchers from both labs on a project aimed at visualising newly synthesised protein molecules, such as neurotransmitter receptors, with subcellular resolution. In doing so, this project will improve our understanding of how local protein synthesis, which occurs at synaptic sites far from the cell bodies of brain neurons, contributes to learning and memory.