Chair to enable new research pathways
The Dunedin-based Neurological Foundation is a partnership between the University of Otago and the Southern District Health Board, which aims to build connections between academic research and clinical expertise.
For University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne, the establishment of a neurosurgery professorship, or university chair, within the division of health sciences, will enable the pursuit of a range of new research pathways and opportunities involving an array of academic disciplines.
While the search for the neurosurgery chair was in its infancy, the eventual appointment would bring a welcome addition to the university's Brain Health Research Centre, Prof Hayne said.
The centre has more than 35 research teams drawn from a wide range of the university's departments, including the anatomy, biochemistry, medicine, physiology and psychology departments, to name a few, and the School of Physical Education and School of Pharmacy.
The Otago health sciences division has a reach spreading around New Zealand, encompassing three campuses, four iwi and 28 student placements in towns and cities across both islands.