Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust support the sciences

19 May 2017

Four out of eight Faculty of Science applications/projects have recently received funding from the Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust.

The successful recipients were:

Dr Ivanhoe Leung – Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences
The project team  Ivan, Associate Professor Jon Sperry and Dr Johannes Reynisson (School of Chemical Sciences) and Dr Ghader Bashiri (School of Biological Sciences)  received a project grant-in-aid to develop new chemical compounds to treat the latent form of tuberculosis by targeting the metabolic pathway of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The team will use a combined computational chemistry, structural biology, enzymology and synthetic chemistry approach. 

Sarah Cowie – Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Sarah’s travel grant will be used to meet with collaborators, and present research relating to the processes by which reward affects choice. This collaboration is an opportunity to develop an animal model of compulsive choice, which has potential to generate new understanding about the role of consequences in the development and maintenance of compulsive behaviours.


Dr Anna Miles – Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Anna successfully secured funding from the Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust ​to attend the 25th Annual Meeting of Dysphagia Research Society in March 2017 ​in Portland, USA. She presented two papers at this prestigious conference in her specialist field of dysphagia (swallowing disorders). Anna is an active committee member of the Dysphagia Research Society and attendance at the conference builds knowledge and collaborations. 


Christopher Hedges – Research Technician, School of Biological Sciences
Chris received a project grant to investigate markers of muscle metabolic health before and after exercise training, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. The aim of the project is to determine changes in muscle metabolism in response to exercise, and whether these changes can be predicted by other means.

We congratulate Ivan, Sarah, Anna and Chris on their successful grant applications.