Other Grants

AMRF offers a number of funding programmes to support researchers, small projects, publications costs, and more. Read more on the How to Apply page.

MĀORI PERSPECTIVES ON A POTENTIAL LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME

2021

AMRF Support of the Waitematā DHB Health Excellence Awards

Dr Karen Bartholemew ($500 - 6721001)

Planning Funding and Outcomes, Waitematā District Health Board; Auckland District Health Board

Excellence in Research Award - Best Senior Researcher at the 2021 Waitematā DHB health Excellence Awards

DEVELOPMENT OF A PHARMACIST-FACILITATED MEDICINES REVIEW INTERVENTION FOR COMMUNITY-DWELLING MĀORI OLDER ADULTS IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

2021

AMRF Support of the Waitematā DHB Health Excellence Awards

Dr Joanna Hikaka ($500 - 6721002)

School of Pharmacy, The University of Auckland

Excellence in Research Award - Best Emerging Researcher at the 2021 Waitematā DHB health Excellence Awards

NEW INSIGHTS INTO PRESBYOPIA - DEVELOPING AND VALIDATING A SPIN TEST DEVICE TO MEASURE REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN LENS STIFFNESS

2021

Sir Harcourt Caughey Award

Dr Chen (Peter) Qui ($24,971 - 1722001)

Dept. of Physiology, The University of Auckland

Our ability to focus on near and far objects, known as accommodation, is a direct result of the biomechanical properties of the lens. However, as we age, the lens becomes stiffer and by middle-age, we lose our ability to accommodate (presbyopia) and require reading glasses to focus on nearby objects. Other researchers have used a system that spins the lens to induce deformation of the lens and together with image processing and computer modelling then extract regional differences in lens stiffness that occur with age. However, how this increase in lens stiffness occurs is still currently unknown. This proposal intends to set up a spin test system in Auckland to allow us to test our hypothesis that the increase in lens stiffness is due to a loss in the ability of the lens to regulate its internal water content. If correct, it may prove possible to pharmacologically modulate lens water transport and reduce lens stiffness, thereby restoring the accommodative ability of the lens and reduce the need for reading glasses.

HOW DO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES NEGOTIATE ROLES IN ASTHMA SELF-MANAGEMENT?

2021

Sir Harcourt Caughey Award

Dr Julie Spray ($25,000 - 1721004)

Dept. of Physiology, The University of Auckland

Asthma affects one in seven New Zealand children, and is a leading cause of hospital admissions. Since the 1990s, New Zealand’s policy approach to managing asthma has been “self-management,” where in theory, adult patients and caregivers receive the tools, training, and guidance to manage their own or their child’s illness. But, self-management approaches were designed with an autonomous and responsible adult in mind, meaning that children’s roles in their own asthma management have been glossed over in guidelines. Yet children must and do play critical roles in their asthma management. Children must learn to recognise their symptoms and decide which of many possible actions to take (notifying adults, self-administering medication, trying alternative techniques). Studies have shown that caregivers are delegating responsibilities for asthma to children from a young age, especially in adverse circumstances where parents are overburdened with work or other caregiving needs. How, then, do families and children negotiate children’s roles and responsibilities for asthma management? Through interviews and child-friendly research activities, this study will investigate how families and children negotiate asthma management, how children would like to participate in their health care, and how clinical approaches and guidelines might better support children’s inclusion.

TWIST 3: VALIDATION OF THE TIME TO WALKING INDEPENDENTLY AFTER STROKE TOOL

2021

Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Researcher Start-Up Awards

Dr Marie-Claire Smith ($14,690 - 1721002)

Dept. of Medicine, The University of Auckland

Research support for her Postdoctoral Fellowship

MULTI-OMICS AND BIOMARKERS TO PERSONALISE RISK PREDICTION AND THERAPY IN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROMES

2021

Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Researcher Start-Up Awards

Dr Nikki Earle ($30,000 - 1721003)

Dept. of Medicine, The University of Auckland

Research support for her Postdoctoral Fellowship

NEEDLE-FREE CAPILLARY BLOOD SAMPLING USING JET INJECTION

2021

Summit Postdoctoral Research Presentation Award

Dr James McKeage ($3,000 - 6721003)

Auckland Bioengineering Institute, The University of Auckland

AMRF Best Research Presentation Award

PARKINSON'S DISEASE RESEARCH PROGRAMME: TO DISCOVER POTENTIAL NEW THERAPIES FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE

2020

Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Researcher Start-up Awards

Dr Peter Freestone ($30,000 – 1720011)

Dept. of Physiology, The University of Auckland

Research support for his Davis & Carr Senior Research Fellowship

PROBING THE BIOCHEMISTRY OF SKIN WITH LASERS, LIGHT SCATTERING AND MOLECULAR IONISATION

2020

Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Researcher Start-up Awards

Dr Hannah Holtkamp ($30,000 - 1720012)

Photon Factory, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland

Research support for her Postdoctoral Fellowship

EARLY CHANGES IN FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA

2020

Kelliher Charitable Trust - Fellowship Exension

Dr Brigid Ryan ($106,199 – 1720017)

Dept. of Anatomy & Medical Imaging, The University of Auckland

One year extension of her Edith C. Coan Posdoctoral Fellowship

BLINKING, CLINICAL MARKERS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRY EYE DISEASE, AND SCREEN USE HABITS OF YOUNG ATTENDEES OF A GAMING CONVENTION IN AUCKLAND, NZ

2020

Summit Postdoctoral Research Presentation Award

Dr Alex Muntz ($3,000 - 6720005)

Dept. of Ophthalmology, The University of Auckalnd

AMRF Best Research Presentation Award

Funded by: Wellington Sisters Charitable Trust

UNDERSTANDING OBESITY'S HARMFUL EFFECTS ON TENDON HEALING IN A RAT ROTATOR CUFF TEAR MODEL

2020

Healthex Emerging Researcher Awards

Dr Scott Bolam ($3,000 - 6720001)

Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

AMRF Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award

Funded by: Wellington Sisters Charitable Trust

TONABERSAT IS NEUROPROTECTIVE AFTER HYPOXIA-ISCHAEMIA IN NEONATAL RATS

2020

Healthex Emerging Researcher Awards

Miss Alice McDouall ($2,000 - 6720003)

School of Medical Science, The University of Auckland

AMRF Best Poster Presentation Award

VALIDATING NEUROIMAGING TO DETECT NEUROINFLAMMATION IN VIVO

2020

Healthex Emerging Researcher Awards

Ms Julia Plank ($2,000 - 6720002)

School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland

AMRF Doctoral Oral Presentation Runner up Award

REHABILITATION FOLLOWING FLEXOR POLLICIS LONGUS (FPL) TENDON REPAIR: A PILOT STUDY COMPARING EARLY ACTIVE MOBILISATION (EAM) WITH IMMOBILISATION (IM)

2020

AMRF Support of the Counties Manukau DHB Research Week

Ms Elaine Duguid ($1,000 - 6720004)

Physiotherapy, Tamaki Hands, Counties Manukau District Health Board

Best Overall Student/Emerging Researcher Award at the 2020 Counties Manukau DHB Research Week

HEART RATE SENSITIVITY EVALUATION OF A 3D AMPLIFIED-MRI METHOD TO REVEAL SUBTLE BRAIN BIOMECHANICS AND PATHOLOGIES

2020

Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund

Dr Eryn Kwon ($1,875 - 1720003)

Dept. of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, The University of Auckland

FUNGAL NATURAL PRODUCTS AS A SOURCE OF NOVEL ANTIBIOTICS

2020

Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund

Dr Melissa Cadelis ($2,000 - 1720004)

Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, The University of Auckland

SUPPORT FOR AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND PLACENTAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION SATELLITE MEETING

2020

Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund

Dr Joanna James ($1,072 - 1720002)

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Auckland

PARTICIPATION IN THE GLOBAL CLINICAL SCHOLARS RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM OF ADVANCED TRAINING IN HEALTH CARE RESEARCH AND METHODS

2020

Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship

Dr Michael Collins ($32,416 - 2720001)

Dept. of Renal Medicine, Auckland District Health Board

Harvard Medical School, USA, June 2020-May 2021

WDHB SKIN SERVICE: GP SURGEON SCHEME (GPSI), AN EFFECTIVE MODEL OF CARE

2019

AMRF Support of the Waitematā DHB Health Excellence Awards

Mr Daniel Wen ($500 - 6719006)

School of Medical Sciences, The University of Auckland

Emerging Researcher Award at the 2019 Waitematā DHB Health Excellence Award

THE ROLE OF HYALURONAN IN DEVELOPING HIPPOCAMPAL NEURONS

2019

Healthex Emerging Researcher Awards

Miss Molly Abraham ($2,000 - 6719004)

Dept. of Physiology, The University of Auckland

AMRF Best Poster Presentation Award

THE GROUP A STREPTOCOCCUS ANTIGEN SPNA, COMBINED WITH BEAD-BASED IMMUNOASSAY TECHNOLOGY, IMPROVES STREPTOCOCCAL SEROLOGY

2019

Healthex Emerging Researcher Awards

Miss Alana Whitcombe ($2,000 - 6719003)

Dept. of Molecular Medicine & Pathology, The University of Auckland

AMRF Doctoral Oral Presentation Runner Up

Funded by: Wellington Sisters Charitable Trust

EFFECTS OF ARTIFICAL SWEETENERS IN THE MATERNAL DIET ON OFFSPRING HEALTH

2019

Healthex Emerging Researcher Awards

Miss Pania Bridge-Comer ($3,000 - 6719002)

Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland

AMRF Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award

Funded by: Wellington Sisters Charitable Trust

ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MATERNAL DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS AND CHILD TELOMERE LENGTH: EVIDENCE FROM GROWING UP IN NEW ZEALAND

2019

Summit Postdoctoral Research Presentation Award

Dr Marie-Claire Smith ($3,000 - 6719001)

Centre for Longitudinal Research, The University of Auckland

To attend a conference to present her research.

ULTRASOUND IN ASYMPTOMATIC HYPERURICEMIA

2019

Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Researcher Start-Up Awards

Dr Sarah Stewart ($30,000 - 1719001)

Dept. of Medicine, The University of Auckland

Research support for her Postdoctoral Fellowship

A NOVEL PEPTIDE DELIVERY PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUCOSAL VACCINES

2019

Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Researcher Start-Up Awards

Dr Jia-Yun (Catherine) Tsai ($30,000 - 1719002)

Dept. of Molecular Medicine & Pathology, The University of Auckland

Research support for her Postdoctoral Fellowship

TO DEVELOP AN AUCKLAND-BASED RESEARCH PROGRAMME IN MRI-GUIDED RADIOTHERAPY PLANNING THROUGH OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE AND COLLABORATION

2019

Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship

Dr Beau Pontre ($44,360 - 1719003)

Dept. of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, The University of Auckland

Radiation therapy is an essential tool in the treatment of cancer. It is used to selectively treat cancer tissues without the need for surgery. Imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play a key role in ensuring the radiation accurately and reliably treats cancer while reducing harm to healthy tissues. Aside from the improvements in accuracy, the combination of MRI and radiotherapy opens up possibilities for treatments that weren’t previously feasible, including targeted treatment of the heart. There is a growing interest internationally in research around the technologies behind MRI-guided radiotherapy, but the expertise in New Zealand is limited. The travel proposed for this fellowship will develop important collaborations and research experience with internationally-recognised experts in Europe, and will help to start a larger New Zealand based research programme. This new and exciting programme will build on the expertise of researchers, clinicians, and other radiotherapy experts, leading to important advances in technology. In future, these advances will lead to improved treatment options for those New Zealanders undergoing radiation therapy.

ECHO ZONE ROTORUA

2019

Sir Harcourt Caughey Awards

Professor Frank Bloomfield ($13,983 - 1719004)

Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland

One of the most comprehensive health challenges facing New Zealand is childhood overweight. The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, together with Uppsala University is about to implement a new strategy to prevent childhood obesity called the ECHO zone - after the World Health Organisation report "Ending ChildHood Obesity" in which NZ played a leading role. In ECHO zones changes in society are made so that the children's immediate environment is adapted to make healthy choices. This requires long-term involvement of several stakeholders implementing the changes together. Through ongoing collection of data on how the children's health is affected by changes in environmental factors around the children, an ECHO zone builds scientific evidence for which societal changes that effectively and permanently reduce the risk of obesity and obesity. Professor Peter Bergsten is a leading exponent of the ECHO zone concept and will work with the Liggins Institute and the local community to develop an ECHO zone in Rotorua.

THE REAL COSTS OF SWALLOWING COMPLAINTS IN A PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM

2019

AMRF Support of the Waitematā DHB Health Excellence Awards

Dr Jacqueline Allen ($500 - 67919005)

Otolaryngology, North Shore Hospital, Waitematā District Health Board

Best Oral Presentation (Research) Award at the 2019 Waitematā DHB Health Excellence Award

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PERIOPRATIVE DIRECTORATE

2019

AMRF Support of the Auckland DHB Research Poster Week

Dr Douglas Campbell ($1,000 - 6719007)

Dept. of Anaesthesia, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland District Health Board

AMRF Best Directorate Award at the 2019 Auckland DHB Research Poster Week