Four 2011-12 Hood Fellowships to FMHS

13 July 2011

Three academics at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences have been awarded prestigious Hood Fellowships for 2011-2012, providing outstanding opportunities for research initiatives to be developed with collaborators overseas.

The outgoing Hood fellowships have been awarded to:

  • Professor Merryn Gott - Professor of Health Sciences, School of Nursing. A graduate of Oxford and Sheffield universities, Merryn has been conducting research with older people for over 15 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme, which has been supported by substantial grants from the UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities, has informed UK palliative care policy. Merryn is using a HRC grant in partnership with Auckland District Health Board to explore aspects of palliative care management at Auckland City Hospital.
  • Professor Ngaire Kerse - Professor, General Practice and Primary Health Care, Department of General Practice. Ngaire is a GP academic at the faculty who runs a programme of research aimed at maximising Health for Older People. Her PhD was from the University of Melbourne. In 2002 Ngaire was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice from the Commonwealth Fund.
  • Associate Professor Timothy Kenealy - Department of Medicine. Tim is a practising GP as well as being an Associate Professor of Integrated Care at The University of Auckland with this role based generally at Middlemore Hospital. The common thread linking Tim’s research is that he is able to incorporate much of his research initiatives into front line health care practice.

This is a great result for the faculty and it is very pleasing to note that we received three of the five fellowships awarded this year. This is the first time since the prestigious fellowship programme was established in 2005 that five have been awarded in one year.

FMHS will also be hosting one of the four incoming Hood Fellowships awarded this year, with the Department of Anaesthesiology having been successful in their application to bring Professor William Schwartz to Auckland from the University of Massachusetts. Professor Schwartz heads up one of the world’s leading research groups working in the area of chronobiology, the study of how organisms cope physiologically with the temporal order of their environment.