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2018 Fulbright NZ scholarships announced

16 January 2018

Fulbright New Zealand recently announced its 2018 scholarship grant winners, with two Maurice Wilkins Centre investigators among the select group of recipients.

The Maurice Wilkins Centre welcomes the news that two of its scientists – Professor Tony Merriman (University of Otago) and Dr Bronwyn Kivell (Victoria University of Wellington) – have been awarded 2018 Fulbright New Zealand scholarships.

This unique and prestigious award provides recipients with up to US$37,500 in funding to support research secondments in the US for three to five months. 

Tony Merriman Fullbright

Professor Tony Merriman will be heading to the University of Alabama Birmingham to research the genetic basis of urate control and gout in African-Americans.

Bronwyn Kivell Fullbright

Dr Bronwyn Kivell will travel to The Scripps Research Institute and Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida, where she will conduct research into developing better medications for treating pain and addiction.

As well as enabling Tony and Bronwyn to pursue independent research at such esteemed American institutions, the Fulbright awards also present them with a unique opportunity to forge collaborations with other researchers in their fields from around the globe who are interested in tackling some of the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges.