We are delighted to introduce the University of Otago, Christchurch Summer Students for the year 2021/22. The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation has funded nine students to conduct a research project over the summer, under the supervision of experienced senior research leaders. These research scholarships are worth $5,000 each, and were made possible with the help of our corporate sponsors, one of which is Aotea Group, who pledged to support three students this year.


Catey Boyce
Supervisor: Caroline Bell
Earthquake Brain: Predictors of facial emotion processing following earthquake-related stress

Monique Cranko
Supervisor: Jennifer Jordan
Impact of peri-traumatic beliefs and severity of trauma exposure to the Canterbury earthquakes on subsequent avoidance and alcohol use in those with a post-traumatic stress compared to a resilient control group

Sarah Emily Davey
Supervisor: Katie Douglas
Systematic review of the impact of trauma exposure on cognitive function in individuals without post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health disorders

Jenna Feng
Supervisor: Geoff Shaw
How good are we at fluid therapy in critically ill patients?

Ethan Gall
Supervisor: Janice Chew-Harris
Role and therapeutic potential of suPAR in cardiovascular disease

Duo Hou
Supervisor: Tony Kettle
The investigation of plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO) as a potential biomarker of disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease

Samantha Jory-Smart
Supervisor: Rachel Lawsom
Drop out from Maudsley family-based therapy for anorexia nervosa: A South Island eating disorders service audit

Lorna Pairman
Supervisor:  Matthew Doogue
Is dabigatran dosed correctly for patients – according to laboratory results?

Christian Smith
Supervisor: Jonathan Wells
Can biofarbication create the “ideal” patch for congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair?

Summer Students Group

We are incredibly proud of the wonderful students participating in this programme, and wish them all the best for their future research careers!

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