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Issue 384| 10 July 2015 | Previous Issues

A personal message from the Dean


The Dean has been in the UK this week, having meetings with alumni and with organisations in the research and healthcare delivery sectors.

One of the major meetings I have attended this week was the inaugural assessment committee for the Auckland Academic Health Alliance Research Fund. This is a collaborative initiative between the Faculty, the Auckland District Health Board, and the A+ Trust.

This year it will fund 4-5 grants which involve significant collaborations across the two sides of Park Road. There were 23 applications this year, the standard of which was uniformly high.

The quality of these applications attests to the synergies that exist between FMHS and ADHB, and makes it highly likely that this will become an annual event. The results of this year’s round will be announced and celebrated at a function following the August FMHS Faculty meeting.

Yesterday I invited nominations for this year’s Gluckman Medal.  The purpose of the medal is to recognise distinguished contributions of current and former staff or students of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.  This is the premier recognition of research within the Faculty and I would ask that the Faculty ensures that the best possible range of candidates is put forward.

The following paragraphs describe other recent notable events and achievements from the Faculty, and I commend those to you.

Best wishes for the week ahead

 

Ian Reid

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Auckland

 

Accreditation success for our Medical Imaging programme


Student learning scanning techniques on an ultrasound simulator
Student learning scanning techniques on an ultrasound simulator

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jenny Sim, and her Medical Imaging team.

They have achieved another significant milestone: full accreditation status for two of their programmes.

Recently, the Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB) accredited the following programmes:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Ultrasound

In congratulating the Medical Imaging team, I note the commendation from the MRTB regarding the significant enhancements.

These enhancements resulted in a positive impact on the quality of the programmes and its delivery.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jenny Sim for her leadership and the team’s recent success.

 

The Centre for Brain Research celebrates another successful Brain Bee Challenge


From left: Associate Professor Maurice Curtis, Professor Richard Faull, Matthew Fulton (first place winner) and Ken Rapson
From left: Associate Professor Maurice Curtis, Professor Richard Faull, Matthew Fulton (first place winner) and Ken Rapson

On Thursday 2 July, our faculty hosted the annual 2nd stage of this year’s Brain Bee Challenge.

Delegations from schools all over the North Island arrived in a cloud of excitement and anticipation and were treated to an experience rich in science, fun and camaraderie.

Associate Professor Maurice Curtis and Fellow Jessie Jacobson (as Host and Quizmaster), welcomed the excited year-11 students to the event.

In a day of learning and discovery, the students explored the hive of lecture rooms and laboratories that make up our campus.

After the first round of testing, the teams enjoyed morning tea. Full of anticipation, the students then listened to the presentations from our emerging talent. These early and mid-career researchers shared their pathways in neuroscience with enthusiasm.

At the end of the day, the Brain Bee team awarded accolades for those who had performed with excellence. The awards included recognition for individual, group and selected categories.

Congratulations to the recipients and to all those who were involved in making this year’s Brain Bee event a huge success.

 

School of Graduate Studies’ - Dean’s List recognises PhD excellence


From left: Rashika Karunasinghe and Professor Janusz Lipski
From left: Rashika Karunasinghe and Professor Janusz Lipski

Congratulations to Rashika Karunasinghe, one of our faculty students who was been recently cited in the School of Graduate Studies Deans List.

The list recognises the achievement of excellence in a student’s PhD theses.

From our School of Medical Sciences, Rashika completed her thesis on ‘Hypoxic Spreading Depression (HSD) in the Substantia Nigra: an in vitro comparison with the hippocampus and implications for Vascular Parkinsonism.'

Professor Janusz Lipski was the main supervisor on Rashika’s thesis, supported Associate Professor Srdjan Vlajkovic who acted as the co-supervisor.

Congratulations to all involved on the achievement of excellence – and to Rashika on the well-deserved recognition from the School of Graduate Studies Deans List.

 

Optometry and Vision Science alumna receives prestigious Queen’s award


Ema Fotuofa’amanuiaga Takazawa receiving the Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II
Ema Fotuofa’amanuiaga Takazawa receiving the Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II

Warm congratulations to our School of Optometry and Vision Science alumna, Ema Fotuofa’amanuiaga Takazawa. She recently received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace.

The award recognises young people and the difference they make in their communities.

Ema is a 2012 Bachelor of Optometry graduate from Western Samoa. She is now employed as a Senior Optometrist and Head of the Samoa Vision Clinic.  

It is always rewarding for academic and professional staff to see students recognised for their amazing achievements and potential.