Dr Alexandra Wallace
Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland
CARDIOVASCULAR RISK IN ADULTHOOD AFTER INTRAUTERINE TRANSFUSION FOR FETAL ANAEMIA – 6712003 ($5,000 Travel Award)
Events before birth can change the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Animals made anaemic and treated with blood transfusions before birth have altered heart function as adults. Our aim was to investigate whether similar changes occur in humans. We have studied adults who suffered fetal anaemia due to Rhesus Disease and received intrauterine transfusion, a technique pioneered in New Zealand in 1963 by Sir William Liley. Our findings provide the first evidence of heart changes in adulthood following intrauterine events.
Dr Peter Huggard – 1712001 ($13,729)
Goodfellow Unit, The University of Auckland
Funding for visiting academic Prof Christina Puchalski, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, University of Washington, October 2013.
Dr Jennifer Utter – 6712001 ($1,000)
Dept of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, The University of Auckland
Contribution toward publication costs of a manuscript on the topic of unhealthy weight control behaviour among New Zealand adolescents. The research that formed the basis of this research was also supported by the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles – 6712002 ($5,000)
Dept of Molecular Medicine & Pathology, The University of Auckland
To produce a general public-focused animation showcasing the New Zealand glow worm and how bioluminescent genes isolated from these creatures can be used by scientists to monitor gene expression.