Medical Research Scholarship
Our Medical Research Scholarship funding for 2016-2017 was awarded to Dr Zubkova at Victoria University of Wellington for research into Alzheimers' Disease, for more information visit
This scholarship was awarded to the Minds for Minds Charitable Trust at the 93rd AGM/Conference for research into autism.
The trust works in partnership with Autism Research Network New Zealand looking to try and help those families who have a child on the autism spectrum. The network aims to bring together scientists, health professionals, education professionals and the community to facilitate understanding and treatment options for autism.
Dr Taylor heads the study looking at the effect microbial 'communities' have on human health. When these 'communities' are in a state of imbalance, there can be negative consequences. Many recent studies have pointed to a potential link between our gut microbes and neurological disorders, including autism. They are using modern molecular biology techniques to investigate the role, if any, played by gut microbes in the autism spectrum disorders.
A cheque for $15,000 was presented to researcher Dr Mike Taylor on behalf of the Minds for Minds Trust by the then National President Jeanette Andrews.