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.
PhD Students Shine at US Conferences
Members of Associate Professor John Reynolds' research team recently attended a series of neuroscience conferences in the United States. PhD students Natalie Matheson and Laura Boddington have received high praise for their presentations at the conferences. Natalie was selected as one of five submitted abstracts to give an oral presentation at the prestigious American Society of Neurorehabilitation meeting in Chicago, and Laura was awarded the Society's Presidential Award for overall best basic science poster at the meeting. Team leader Assoc Prof John Reynolds said they both gave fantastic presentations, and this was a tremendous feat at such a high level international conference.