Medical and health research proposals awarded $900k

Seven researchers have been successful in the latest funding round from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Visualisation of Parkinson's impact on neurons.

Research into the stability of ‘as required’ syringes in palliative care, a possible new therapeutic target for Parkinson’s Disease and a study into pain relief for children are among research proposals successfully funded with a total of $.9m in the latest project round of the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.

  • Claudia Paterson, South Auckland Clinical School, Lignocaine implant for pain relief in colon surgery\
  • Eunica Tan, Surgery, The Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in Kids Intervention (PIKI) Study"
  • Meghan Hill, Obstetrices and Gynaecology, Mifepristone versus placebo to increase the rate of spontaneous labour in people with a prior caesarean
  • Moana Tercel, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, A suite of masked camptothecin analogues for application in anticancer antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs)
  • Justin Rustenhoven, Pharmacology, The role of alpha-synuclein in meningeal lymphatic dysfunction: a novel therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease
  • Derryn Gargiulo, Pharmacy, The stability of ‘as required’ (PRN) syringes compounded in community pharmacies for clients under palliative care
  • Simerdeep Dhillon, Physiology, Exenatide treatment for protection and repair of the preterm brain


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