1st August 2014, Volume 127 Number 1399

At the July meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group of the National Heart Foundation, a total of 31 grants were awarded. The awards included 8 Project Grants, 9 Fellowships/Scholarships, 6 Small Project Grants, 1 Grant-in-Aid and 7 Travel Grants. A total of 4 Summer Studentships were also awarded to the Medical Schools at the University of Otago and the University of Auckland.

 

PROJECT GRANTS

Associate Professor Steven Gieseg

School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury

Activation of death in atherosclerotic plaques.

$108,337 over 3 years.

 

 

Dr Peter Jones

Department of Physiology, University of Otago, Dunedin

Novel mechanisms for the regulation of cardiac Ca2+-release channel (RyR2) activity in models of cellular stress.

$147,004 over 2 years.

 

Dr Rajesh Katare

Department of Physiology, University of Otago, Dunedin

Genetic engineering of cardiac stem cells for the therapeutic regeneration of the diabetic heart.

$110,020 over 2 years.

 

 

Dr Denis Loiselle

Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland

The energetics of the right heart - in health and failure.

$97,126 over 3 years.

 

Dr Sandra Mandic

School of Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin

Built environment and active transport to school: BEATS parental survey.

$23,102 over 3 years.

 

 

Dr Barry Palmer

Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch

s-Flt-1 as a diagnostic and prognostic marker of congestive heart failure.

$155,014 over 2 years.

 


 

Professor Ralph Stewart

Cardiology Department, Auckland City Hospital

Evaluation of frailty and co-morbidity in patients with severe heart disease.

$150,000 over 18 months.

 

 

Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Local action on food environments to reduce obesity and diet-related chronic diseases in NZ

$149,716 over 2 years

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Dr Anna Pilbrow

The Heart Foundation Senior Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Dr Anna Pilbrow. Dr Pilbrow, Christchurch Heart Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch.

 

 

Dr Philip Adamson

An Overseas Training & Research Fellowship (for 1 year) was awarded to Dr Philip Adamson. Dr Adamson will work as an Interventional Cardiology Fellow at the Centre of Cardiovascular Science, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Dr Darren Hooks

An Overseas Training & Research Fellowship (for 1 year) was awarded to Dr Darren Hooks. Dr Hooks will work as a Cardiology (Electrophysiology) Fellow at the Haut-Leveque Hospital, Bordeaux, France.

 

 

Dr Carol Chelimo

A Research Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Dr Carol Chelimo, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland.

 

Mr Jui-Lin Fan

A Research Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Mr Jui-Lin Fan, Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Wellington.

 

 

Dr June-Chiew Han

A Research Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Dr June-Chiew Han, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland.

 

Dr Jacelyn Loh

A Research Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Dr Jacelyn Loh, Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, University of Auckland.

 

 

Dr Campbell Sheen

A Research Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Dr Campbell Sheen, Christchurch Heart Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch

Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere

A Research Fellowship (for 3 years) was awarded to Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland.

 

 

 

 

SMALL PROJECT GRANTS

Dr Antoni Moore

School of Surveying, University of Otago, Dunedin

Built environment and active transport to school (BEATS) student survey: GIS analysis.

$13,498 over 1 year.

 

 

Dr Karen Munday

Department of Nursing, Eastern Institute of Nursing

“How do I grow?” A health and wellbeing programme for children at Kindergarten.

$6,000 over 1 year.

 

Mr Maximillian Pinkham

Department of Physiology, University of Auckland

Is the cardiac sympathetic nervous system affected by renal nerves in heart failure?

$15,000 over 1 year.

 

 

Dr Paula Skidmore

Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Resilient parents – healthier children? Parental wellbeing and resilience and its relationship with parental and child physical activity, diet and body composition.

$14,890 over 18 months.

 

Dr Shieak Tzeng

Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Wellington

STABLe – Stroke therapy aimed at blood pressure lability reduction.

$15,000 over 2 years.

 

 

Dr Arlo Upton

Labtests, Auckland

Molecular assay vs culture for diagnosis of strep throat in Auckland children.

$14,090 over 6 months.

 

 

GRANT-IN-AID

Dr Ivone Leong

Department of Diagnostic Genetics, LabPlus (Auckland City Hospital)

Purchase of equipment for targeted and whole exome sequencing to identify the genetic causes of long QT syndrome.

$15,000

 

 

 


TRAVEL GRANTS

Ms Nichola Davies

Heart Healthcare Setting, Heart Foundation of NZ

European Public Health conference, Mind the Gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care, Glasgow, Scotland.

 

 

Miss Nikki Earle

Department of Medicine, University of Auckland

European Society of Cardiology Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

 

Miss Kathleen Gilbert

Department of Anatomy with Radiology, University of Auckland

17th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, Boston, USA.

 

 

Dr Pau Medrano-Gracia

Department of Anatomy with Radiology, University of Auckland

17th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, Boston, USA.

 

Ms Renee Miller

Department of Anatomy with Radiology, University of Auckland

Medical Imaging Computation and Computer Aided Intervention Workshop: STACOM (Statistical Analyses and Computational Modelling of the Heart), Boston, USA.

 

 

Dr Anna Pilbrow

Christchurch Heart Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago, USA.

 

Dr Natalie Walker

National Institute for Health Innovation, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Europe 14th Annual Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.