Prof Richie Poulton speaks after winning the Dean's Research Medal at the Health Research and Excellence Awards at the University of Otago on Monday night. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin health researcher Prof Richie Poulton was
''thrilled'' after being recognised for his research at the
Health Research and Excellence Awards.
About 100 people applauded Prof Poulton, director of the
Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research
Unit, as he was presented with the Dean's Research Medal by
Dunedin School of Medicine dean Prof Barry Taylor at the
awards ceremony at the University of Otago on Monday night.
Prof Poulton said he was ''very honoured and humbled and
quite emotional'' to be awarded the medal.
''I have heard people say there's nothing better than being
honoured by your own and now I know what they mean.''
The award was also an acknowledgement of 1037 people who were
part of the Dunedin longitudinal study, he said.
The study had reached ''the end of an era'' as funding was
more difficult to access. But rather than be ''grim'' about
the situation, he saw it as ''an exciting challenge'', he
''We are up against it now but somehow we have just got to
find a way through,'' he said.
Prof Taylor paid tribute to Prof Poulton and said he ''stands
head and shoulders above every other researcher at this
The other winners were. -
Dunedin School of Medicine Awards: 2014 research development
investment, Prof Ian Morison (Pathology); strategic
initiative, Dr Chris Baldi (Medicine); strategic initiative
for commercialisation, Dr Barbara Galland (Women's and
Children's Health); best collaboration award, Dr Ben Wheeler
(Women's and Children's Health); research support person
award, Shirley Jones (Women's and Children's Health);
research publication awards, Associate Prof Haxby Abbott
(Pathology), Prof John Crump (Preventive and Social
Medicine), Mei-Ling Blank (Preventive and Social Medicine);
best health research poster awards, Trent Newman (Pathology),
Bryony Leeke (Pathology), Tanushree Dasgupta (Pathology);
best published paper by a PhD student award, Dr Aniruddha
Chatterjee (Pathology); Gil Barbezat summer studentship
prize, Ben Drinkwater (supervised by the Department of
Southern District Health Board Awards: Nursing, midwifery and
allied health practitioners award, Yesim Sokmen (Occupational
Therapy), Vicky Devery (Physiotherapy).