Louise is a Woman of Influence
Congratulations to Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie who is a Finalist in the Innovation and Science category of the 2014 Women of Influence Awards. Dr Parr-Brownlie was nominated by one of her research collaborators, Professor John Dalrymple-Alford of the University of Canterbury. Nominees in this category must demonstrate outstanding driving innovation, and new ways of tackling community and social issues within their chosen field.
Rutherford Fellowship Awarded
Congratulations to Dr Michael Knapp who has been awarded a prestigious five year Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Dr Knapp, a former member of the Department of Anatomy, will return to the Department in 2015 to take up the Fellowship. The award recognises Dr Knapp as a future leader in the New Zealand science and innovation sector, and will help him develop his research programme which uses next generation sequencing techniques to map the molecular basis of the evolutionary adaptions of New Zealand's native bird fauna and to support bird conservation management.
The Fellowship is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Anatomy Researchers Awarded Government Funding
Two researchers from the Department of Anatomy have received funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's new science investment fund. Associate Professor George Dias and Associate Professor John Reynolds will receive almost NZ$1M each for their innovative projects which focus on a novel method of extracting protein from wool, and the development of medical technology that allows neurochemicals to be non-invasively delivered to the brain to treat brain disorders.