July 21, 2014
Deaf gene studies attract PhD cash
A Waikato University student has won a raft of scholarships that will allow her to pursue doctoral research on using stem cells for hearing research.
Blaise Forrester-Gauntlett of Ngati Ranginui and Ngai Te Rangi has been awarded a Todd Foundation Award for Excellence of $12,000, a Health Ministry Hauora Maori post-graduate scholarship for $2200, a National Foundation for the Deaf scholarship for $3000 and a $500 He Tohu Matauranga Hei Whakamaumaharatanga ki a Turirangi Te Kani grant from the Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board.
She says she wouldn’t be able to study at PhD level without the extra help.
She will use mice to research what’s known as the Grainyhead-like 2 gene which is believed to cause a type of age-related hearing loss in humans.
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