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Education New Zealand calls for applications to NZ-Brazil research fund

A new research fund has been set up to enable established New Zealand university academics to collaborate with Brazilian researchers.

Researchers from any field of knowledge are eligible to apply. The first year of the agreement will act as a pilot.

Successful applicants will develop and conduct their projects in partnership with Brazilian researchers. Researchers will also be funded to travel between countries to undertake their project.

This announcement builds on an agreement with Universities New Zealand (UNZ) in November 2016. UNZ Chief Executive Chris Whelan welcomes the initiative:

This is a great opportunity for New Zealand PhD students and academics – and for their Brazilian counterparts – to identify areas of mutual interest to progress research collaborations for the benefit of both countries,” he says. “This agreement builds on years of relationship-building to enhance cooperation, enable academic mobility and encourage the exchange of knowledge between participating higher education institutions.

ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says the funding collaboration will create opportunities for New Zealand researchers that did not exist before.

South America is a key market for New Zealand – particularly in relation to outbound academic mobility. This new funding collaboration showcases ENZ’s commitment to creating new pathways for New Zealand institutions with South America.”

The panel of judges responsible for allocating the funding will be made up of representatives from across New Zealand government including the MFAT and MBIE.

For more information, guidelines and the application form, read more>

Applications for funding are open now and close on 27 January 2020.

Dr Matt Hobbs named 2019 HRSC Emerging Researcher

UC researcher Dr Matt Hobbs received the Health Research Society of Canterbury (HRSC)’s Emerging Researcher Award in a ceremony last week.

Dr Hobbs was recognised for a presentation outlining his research from within UC’s GeoHealth Laboratory, which focuses on the complexity of associations between adverse environments and childhood health.

“I have to thank family, colleagues, and friends who have helped support me to achieve this award over the past few years. A special thanks to the team at the GeoHealth Laboratory and to Professor Jim McKenna and Dr. Claire Griffiths of Leeds Beckett University,” Dr Hobbs says.

In his presentation, Dr Hobbs discussed his investigation into preventable hospitalisations, which account for approximately 30 percent of all acute and arranged medical and surgical discharges in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He is investigating how deprivation and water fluoridation are linked to preventable dental-related hospitalisations.

He explained that the persistent nature of oral health inequities have presented a significant challenge to policy makers.

Dr Hobbs’ article on this subject is currently under review.

The power of an image

After an image of Prof Phil Butler’s ankle went viral last year, the MARS team discovered just how powerful an image can be. This year the members of the MARS programme, a joint research programme between the University of Canterbury and University of Otago, have continued to demonstrate how x-ray colour technology is going to change the future of medical and molecular imaging.

Highlights from the year have included a feature article in Nature Reviews Physics, several of our images making it on to the cover of journals, working with leading cancer researchers from ACTREC (Tata Memorial Centre) to produce a chapter in the newly released Springer Nature book “Unravelling Cancer Signaling Pathways: A Multidisciplinary Approach” and a very successful collaboration with the University of Maryland  producing images of hafnia nanoparticles targeted to bone microfractures.

The team is looking forward to more exciting results in 2020. Keep up to date with our latest research by following @MARSBioimaging on Twitter.

Postgraduate research: Airbnb study

Kia Ora,

My name is Shayan Zarakhsh and I am a PhD candidate in Marketing at the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (MME), University of Canterbury. My research relates to Airbnb users’ perceptions of the company and its impacts. I am writing to invite you to participate in an interview as part of the research data collection, providing that:

  • You have not attended my PhD confirmation defense; and
  • You have stayed at an Airbnb accommodation at least one time within the previous year.

There is a $20 Westfield Gift Card offered to each participant as an ‘interview thank you’ gift.

Please, contact me via email: shayan.zarakhsh@pg.canterbury.ac.nz or Telephone: 033694082 or if you want to see the information sheet for this study.

He Kupu Whakamahara | Chronicle Spring/Summer 2019

He Kupu Whakamahara | Chronicle No.58 is now live, highlighting key research and developments at UC. Chronicle is one of the ways we keep our alumni, stakeholders and schools informed and inspired.

From drone doctors to world-first insulin technology, UC research makes a positive impact both locally and globally. With people, research and education at the forefront of our mission, highlighting the success of UC students, staff and alumni is a key part of paving the way for our future.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. Read Chronicle magazine here>

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