A University of Otago teacher and researcher, Research
Prof Margaret Baird has received a scientific award for service
to the Australasian Society for Immunology.
A leading immunologist and former member of the Otago
department of microbiology and immunology (1998-2012), Prof
Baird does research in the Otago pathology department.
She had been ''stunned'' to recently receive the society's
Derek Rowley Medal, and felt a ''very honoured'' but ''rather
Prof Baird was the first New Zealander to gain the medal,
which has been awarded since 2005 to individuals giving
''outstanding service'' to the society, and to immunology
over many years.
The award had been ''very encouraging'' and she hoped young
immunologists would ''contribute as much as they can'' to the
''They will receive one hundred-fold more in return - as I
Otago University officials said Prof Baird had been
recognised for her long support of immunology students and
staff, and for co-founding Immunet, New Zealand's network of
immunologists, with the late Associate Prof Glenn Buchan,
also a leading immunologist.
She edited the society newsletter for three years and
organised a recent society workshop on immunity and
Her work at the Otago microbiology department focused on
antigen-presenting dendritic cells, which are part of the
human immune system.
The late English-born Emeritus Prof Derek Rowley, of the
University of Adelaide, founded the Australian (now
Australasian) Society for Immunology.