Could fish eyes help solve a donor cornea shortage? Can we objectively tell how much sugar some one has been eating? Do e-cigarettes really help you quit smoking?
Examples of the fascinating research funded in the 2016 round include:
Dr Lisa Te Morenga from the University of Otago has received $150,000 to examine the possibility of using carbon stable isotope ratios (δ13C) as an objective measure of sugar intake.
Professor Janet Hoek, also from University of Otago, received $150,000 to develop a ‘smart e-cigarette’ which will record patterns of e-cigarette use and help to ultimately determine if the devices are a useful aid for quitting smoking.
Dr Laura Domigan from the University of Auckland received $70,000 to investigate building human corneal replacements from proteins derived from fish eye lenses – a throwaway by-product of the fishing industry.
The funded projects have been covered by the New Zealand media:
NZ City News: High-tech e-cigarette study gets funding
Otago Daily Times: Otago smart e-cigarette study
Newshub: E cigarette study gets funding
Otago Daily Times: Prescription-fee project one of four Otago studies funded
Newshub: Probiotics linked preventing diabetes onset
MSN NZ News: Scientist looks to prevent type 2 diabetes
NZ City News: Scientist’s global vision for fish eyes
Newshub: Scientist funded for fish eye cornea replacement research
NZ Doctor: Fasting and probiotics may help prevent diabetes