Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Sponsored Summer Research Scholarships Projects

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their continuing support of the Summer Research Scholarship programme. In 2016 over 50 research projects received funding from external sponsors.

A risk prediction tool for anastomic leakage in colorectal surgery

Supervisor(s): A/Prof Gregory O'Grady

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Jim Wang

 

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Accessible transport and mobility in an age and disability friendly community

Supervisor(s): Prof Shanthi Ameratunga

Sponsor: Hope Foundation

Student: Hannah Maxwell

 

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Activating older people for medication review: the effect of a practice mail-out

Supervisor(s): Dr Katharine Wallis

Sponsor: Australia & New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine

Student: Rebecca Tuckey

 

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Acute Flow Initiatives

Supervisor(s): Mr Tim Denison

Sponsor: Auckland District Health Board

Student: Sharan Randhawa

 

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Alcohol screening in a New Zealand hospital emergency department

Supervisor(s): Dr Iris Chan

Sponsor: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Student: Keriana Nepe

 

An analysis of labour epidural complication rates

Supervisor(s): Dr Nav Sidhu

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Pauline Kerckhoffs

 

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An audit of evidence based therapy in patients hospitalised with heart failure

Supervisor(s): Dr Mayanna Lund

Sponsor: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Student: Nicholas Currie

 

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An exploratory study to investigate the medicines information needs of general medical adult inpatients at Auckland DHB

Supervisor(s): Amy Chan

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Hannah Ashmore-Price

 

An In Silico study: can the modulation of miRNA expression through diet impact cancer?

Supervisor(s): Dr Karen Bishop

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Sung-Min Jun

 

Assessment of changes in white matter fibre tracts in the ageing rat brain using MRI

Supervisor(s): Prof Peter Thorne

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Nancy Huang

 

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Beating the superbugs! Searching for new antibiotics from native New Zealand fungi

Supervisor(s): Dr Siouxie Wiles

Sponsor: Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust

Student: Victoria Reyes

 

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Breathing - what does it have to do with heart function?

Supervisor(s): Dr Rohit Ramchandra

Sponsor: Heart Foundation

Student: Maxine Cooper

 

Butts and batteries: Where do the waste products from smoking and e-cigarettes go and what are the effects?

Supervisor(s): Prof Chris Bullen

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Vincent Angga Gunawan

 

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Can an Infographic convey knowledge about the harmful effects of antibiotic treatment to consumers?

Supervisor(s): Dr Stephen Ritchie

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Lizzie Rakhmanova
 

 

Changes in the Huntington’ disease deep cerebellar nucleus

Supervisor(s): A/Prof Henry Waldvogel

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Jiani Xu

 

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Clinical outcomes for non-operative management of acute ureteric colic

Supervisor(s): Dr Kamran Zargar

Sponsor: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Student: Lauren Holmes

 

Contribution of virulence factors to Staphylococcus aureus disease

Supervisor(s): Dr Ries Langley

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: James Hucklesby

 

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CT Colongraphy at Middlemore

Supervisor(s): Dr Dinesh Lal

Sponsor: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Student: Paulin Kanabar

 

Develop a regional situation and response analysis on cervical cancer in the Pacific

Supervisor(s): Dr Alec Ekeroma

Sponsor: Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Charitable Trust

Student: Savannah Gilheany-Black

 

Developing a model of inflammation-induced brain injury in the preterm infant

Supervisor(s): Dr Robert Galinsky

Sponsor: Kate Edger Charitable Trust

Student: Natasha Mitchell

 

Development of a new test for embryo toxicity

Supervisor(s): Dr Lynsey Cree

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Jessica Patterson

 

Development of alignment in adolescence – Constituational varus and the implications for total knee replacement

Supervisor(s): Mr Simon Young

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Patrick Jung

 

Effectiveness of a text message brief intervention (BI) to reduce alcohol-related harm on the Plastic Surgery service at Counties Manukau District Health Board

Supervisor(s): Dr Michelle Locke

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Sang Ho Kim

 

Enhancing endoplasmic reticulum stress to target cancer

Supervisor(s): Dr Dean Singleton

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Wenkai Zhang

 

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Evaluation of management and outcomes of infants born to Hepatitis B positive mothers in CMDHB

Supervisor(s): Dr Rachel Webb

Sponsor: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Student: Chantelle Venter

 

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Exploring the relationship between cytisine, cotinine and craving for cigarettes

Supervisor(s): A/Prof Malcolm Tingle

Sponsor: New Zealand Pharmarcy Education Research Fund

Student: Ernest Cheah

 

Exposure of adolescents to unhealthy food advertising on Facebook in New Zealand

Supervisor(s): Prof Boyd Swinburn

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Charlotte Aitken

 

Generation of whole-genome CRISPR-Cas9 knockout libraries for discovery of drug resistance mechanisms in breast cancer

Supervisor(s): Dr Francis Hunter

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Kyla Siemens (nee Martichuski)

 

Genetic variation in histopathology data of prostate cancer patients’ undergone prostatectomy

Supervisor(s): Dr Nishi Karunasinghe

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Sameer Bhat

 

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Genetic variants associated with fractional excretion of uric acid

Supervisor(s): Prof Nicola Dalbeth

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Zoe Vincent

 

Halting the brain cancer incursion

Supervisor(s): Dr Sandy Chen

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Hengxun Zhang

 

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Health knowledge and transition readiness of young people with Rheumatic Fever

Supervisor(s): Dr Alison Leversha

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Lea Ketu’u

 

Hopes and dreams: what do parents want for their child's future?

Supervisor(s): Dr Lisa Underwood

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Emma Dando

 

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How are ADHB services used by patients in their last 12 months of life?

Supervisor(s): Dr Jackie Robinson

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Yuxuan Zhou

 

How do changes in geometrical complexity and landmark of the crystalline lens influence its fluid dynamics?

Supervisor(s): Dr Ehsan Vaghefi

Sponsor: New Zealand Association of Optometrists

Student: Louisa Howse

 

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How many patients with cellulitis are unnecessarily admitted to Auckland City Hospital?

Supervisor(s): Dr Tim Cutfield

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Hannah Walter

 

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Incidence of flow limitation during exercise in healthy adolescent females who experience dyspnoea on exertion

Supervisor(s): Dr Kevin Ellyett

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Alaina McGoram

 

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Innovative case management study of gout patients

Supervisor(s): Prof Bruce Arroll

Sponsor: Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners

Student: Sylvia Giles

 

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Integrated Continuing Professional Development in the Waitemata Region

Supervisor(s): Naomi Heap

Sponsor: Waitemata District Health Board

Student: Bridie Mckenna

 

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Intermediate term outcomes in patients with severe aortic stenosis discussed at the multidisciplinary “Heart Team” meeting according to treatment allocation

Supervisor(s): Prof Peter Ruygrok

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Conor Rea

 

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Investigating Clinical Outcomes in Youth Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in the Auckland Region, in Comparison to their Type 1 Counterparts

Supervisor(s): Dr Sasini Wijayaratna

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Hyun Young Park

 

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Investigating the sustained release properties of 3D printed polyethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) matrices

Supervisor(s): Dr Manisha Sharma

Sponsor: New Zealand Pharmarcy Education Research Fund

Student: Taskeen Iqbal Janjua

 

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MALDI imaging of the aging ocular lens

Supervisor(s): Dr Gus Grey

Sponsor: Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust

Student: Emily Yeo

 

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Massive Transfusion Registry Sub-Study: Early predictors of critical bleeding and massive transfusion in Liver Transplant patients

Supervisor(s): Dr Kerry Gunn

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Eunice Ng

 

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Maternal physical and mental health during pregnany and associations with child developmental outcomes

Supervisor(s): Dr Lisa Underwood

Sponsor: Cure Kids

Student: Frances McDaid

 

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Medication prescribing and administration processes: A time and motion study

Supervisor(s): Dr Vaughan Roberts

Sponsor: Counties Manukau District Health Board

Student: Katherine Court

 

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Microcephaly in New Zealand - Incorporating Zika virus into our diagnostic algorithm

Supervisor(s): Dr Gina O'Grady

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Yifei Zhu

 

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Nerve innervation of the kidney in heart failure

Supervisor(s): Dr Maximilian Pinkham

Sponsor: Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust

Student: Charlotte Coombe

 

Optimising lipid antibodies to assess changes in Alzheimer’s disease hippocampu

Supervisor(s): A/Prof Maurice Curtis

Sponsor: Neurological Foundation

Student: Eli Shaul

 

Pancreas volume and metabolic outcomes

Supervisor(s): Dr Max Petrov

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Steve DeSouza

 

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Pharmacy as a career choice. Analysis of the University of Auckland student cohorts over the last 10 Years

Supervisor(s): Prof Janie Sheridan

Sponsor: New Zealand Pharmarcy Education Research Fund

Student: Jessica Harrington-Knapton

 

Quality of New Zealand Clinical Practice Guidelines

Supervisor(s): Dr Julie Brown

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Harry Di Somma

 

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Retrospective study of hypersexuality with antipsychotic use

Supervisor(s): Amy Chan

Sponsor: A+ Trust

Student: Joelson Villanueva

 

Rocket science and ‘super’ vision

Supervisor(s): Dr Stuti Misra

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: William Cook

 

Septic Arthritis in South Auckland - What factors are important in outcomes

Supervisor(s): Dr Brendan Coleman

Sponsor: Auckland Orthopaedic Society

Student: Vivian Kim

 

Structure of the transverse tubules in ischemic heart failure

Supervisor(s): Dr David Crossman

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Darshan Shrestha

 

The characterisation of beta-amyloid induced molecular changes in an in vivo Alzheimer's mouse model

Supervisor(s):  Dr Andrea Kwakowsky

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Sarah Waters

 

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The costly end

Supervisor(s): Prof Ngaire Kerse

Sponsor: Hope Foundation

Student: Oliver Scott

 

The Pipelle for Pregnancy (PIP) trial

Supervisor(s): Prof Cindy Farquhar

Sponsor: Kate Edger Charitable Trust

Student: Brittany Williams

 

What factors consolidate a regional-rural career intention in medical students?

Supervisor(s): Prof Phillippa Poole

Sponsor: School of Medicine Foundation

Student: Matthew Kent