Central Leader : January 28th 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 28, 2011 NEWS Grand Opening Sale! 20%off everything in Store Ph: 09 845 4838 fax: 09 845 4837 Mob: 021 998 008 www.greenforestfloor.com 2/2 Wagener Place, Mt Albert, Auckland • Laminate floor • Bamboo floor • Engineered floor • Timber floor EVERY SATURDAY 6PM -- MIDNIGHT 200 Amazing stalls • Food, Fashion, Fun 50 Authentic food stalls cooking up tasty "street snacks" and delicacies from around the world Free live entertainment. (All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz 3458721AA MANUKAU AND NEWMARKET CAMPUS Gain the English language skills to live, study and work in New Zealand Certificate in ESOL These English language programme cater for students at all levels, from elementary to advanced. Full-time and part-time options available. 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Faculty of Education and Social Sciences 0800 62 62 52 | www.manukau.ac.nz APPLY NOW FOR FEBRUARY 2011 Scholarship opens doors Cell study: Sheryl Tan is the inaugural winner of the Brian De Luen Doctoral Scholarship. It will fund her research into Parkinson's disease for the next three years. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Why do patients with Parkinson s disease lose their sense of smell? It s a question Sheryl Tan is hoping to help answer with her PhD research. The 22-year-old has been awarded the inaugural Brian De Luen Doctoral Scholarship from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation. Mr De Luen was a community- minded Te Atatu resident who left more than $300,000 in his will to the foundation, hoping some good work would come from his life s earnings. Miss Tan, who grew up in Lynfield, will receive $122,000 over three years from the foun- dation to help fund her research into the rostral migratory stream (RMS) -- a pathway in the brain which brain cells travel along. Iliketothinkofitasa motorway of cells, she says. The RMS has an important role in transporting cells as well as replacing dying neurons. It was previously identified in animals and was only identified in the human brain by Auckland Univer- sity researchers in 2007. In Parkinson s, long before you lose your motor skills and get the tremor, you lose your sense of smell. I reckon there is something not happening right in that motorway. There s a huge oppor- tunity to characterise the behav- iour of cell movement. So I com- pare the cells in normal brains with diseased brains of subjects who had Parkinson s, Miss Tan says. The university s Centre for Brain Research has a human brain bank of donated organs for research purposes, which is supported by the Neurological Foundation. I m not saying my work will find a cure, but we need to find out why people lose their sense of smell. That will be a small step towards finding a cure. Miss Tan says it is difficult for most students to complete a PhD without financial support. A PhD is a full-time job. The scholarship will pay the rent, pay for lab costs and fund travel for conferences. As a teenager Miss Tan first planned to pursue a career as a forensic scientist or in medicine. But I realised I m better suited to research, she says. When she completes her PhD Miss Tan hopes to continue her career as a researcher, either in academia or industry. Call for help at festival Ngati Whatua is seeking volunteer waste mini- misation educators to work at the Okahu Bay festival this Waitangi Day. More than 30,000 people attended last year s celebrations which feature a mass powhiri, music, food and fun. For its size, the event has New Zealand s highest recycling rate of 84 percent. Last year a team of more than 70 volunteers stayed at Orakei Marae the night before the fam- ily festival to gear up for the big day. Ngati Whatua spokes- man Ngarimu Blair says he hopes other major festivals and events lift their game particularly as the Rugby World Cup approaches. I m still saddened to hear of the amount of waste going to landfills from our major stadiums and events. People say it s too hard but we ve demonstrated that it can be done if there is a genuine commitment to the land and the people. Contact Ngarimu on 929-0010, 027- 2790-735 or ngarimu@ngati whatuaorakei.com for information or to register as a volunteer.
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