Health Research Council Funding Success
Four researchers from the Department of Anatomy have been successful in securing funding worth around $7.3M from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The projects being funded relate to major health issues affecting many New Zealanders – stress and anxiety, obesity, and Alzheimer's disease.
Associate Professor Greg Anderson and Professor Dave Grattan have secured funding as principle investigators on research projects, while Associate Professor Ping Liu and Dr Joanna Williams are named as co-principle investigators on a research programme directed by Professor Cliff Abraham, from the Department of Psychology.
Excited at Prospect of Studying NZ's First European Settlers
A research team led by Biological Anthropologist Associate Professor Hallie Buckley and Dr Peter Petchey of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology are hoping to excavate and identify the remains of some of Otago's first European settlers thought to be buried in unmarked graves in Tokoiti, Milton. The names of sixty-eight first generation settlers known to have been buried in the St John's Church of England Cemetery in Tokoiti from 1860 to 1926 have been established through historical records. Up to 200 people may have been buried there. Forensic osteology techniques and DNA analyses of the skeletal remains and living descendants will help to identify the people in the unmarked graves. The DNA analyses will be conducted by Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith and Dr Michael Knapp.
Doctors Up-Skill Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Approaches
A group of junior doctors and non-trainee registrars attended a three-day workshop recently in the Department. The aim of the workshop was to give participants the opportunity to enhance their anatomy knowledge and receive expert training on the surgical approaches of the anatomical regions of the upper and lower limbs and pelvis.