Dr. Brendon Gill

Just five years since completing his doctorate, Dr. Brendon Gill is recognised as a global expert for his efforts supporting the quality of nutritional formulas relied upon by society’s most vulnerable. His work proving the vitamin and nutrient content of Fonterra’s infant formula has been critical to success in a number of highly regulated markets.…

Dr. Tim Edwards

From HeroRATs to cancer-detecting canines, Dr. Tim Edwards is using the super-sniffing power of animals to save lives. While working for humanitarian organisation APOPO, Dr Edwards was responsible for the research behind the organisation’s HeroRATs – pouched African rats capable of smelling out landmines and tuberculosis. Now at the University of Waikato, he is continuing…

Kathleen Dabell

Kathleen Dabell’s precise work helped develop the internationally recognised Southern Hemisphere calibration curve, which converts radiocarbon measurements into real time. As Technical Coordinator of the University of Waikato’s Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, Kathleen’s attention to detail means the quality of the lab’s small radiocarbon analyses (AMS) match the world’s best. Her innovative methods helped revise the…

Dr. James Carson

Dr. James Carson’s findings on the behaviour of heat are the biggest research breakthroughs in this field since 1866. By developing new models for the way heat moves through like and unlike materials (such as you might find in various parts of a machine) as well as through food, Dr. Carson has made a massive…

Dr. Jason Catchpole & BCS Team, LIC

LIC   The Body Condition Score (BCS) of a dairy cow is a critical measure of its productive and reproductive potential. Currently, BCS scores are assigned by a trained assessor. These human judgements can be subjective or perceived as such by the farmer. With large herds, stamina and time become factors and a sample may…

Antahi Innovations, Cambridge

Antahi Innovations, Cambridge   Aware of the benefits and fears associated with tube feeding, veterinarian Ursula Haywood launched into a two-year research and development programme that resulted in Antahi Tubers. The flexible tube and distinctively shaped tip make the Tubers easy for calves to swallow, without pain or risk of tissue trauma. Studies showed a…

Dr. Richard Spelman

LIC   Dr Spelman’s leadership qualities surfaced early in his career through his development of LIC’s fledgling Biotechnology Research Programme into a multimillion-dollar dairy genetics research collaboration with Fonterra. In 2007, Dr Spelman became LIC’s R&D Science Leader, responsible for a multimillion-dollar budget, a staff that has approximately doubled to more than 40 in 2016…

Prof. Vic Arcus

University of Waikato   Professor Arcus’s work focused on a multi-decade outbreak of the Rangipo tuberculosis strain in New Zealand, comparing TB replication and mutation rates in recently transmitted cases versus cases that developed after a long latency period. The study concluded that tuberculosis bacterium grew and changed much more slowly in humans than indicated…

Dr. Logan Voss

Waikato DHB   One of Dr. Voss’ goals in his research is to understand how general anaesthetics affect the brain to cause unconsciousness. The aim is to improve intra-operative anaesthesia monitoring and reduce the occurrence of anaesthetic awareness. Dr. Logan Voss, Waikato DHB Back to Scientists Hamilton City Council Medical Science Award One of Dr.…

Dr. Jiafa Luo

AgResearch    Nitrous oxide, N2O or commonly known as laughing gas, is produced when excrement from animals is broken down by bacteria in the soil. Once the nitrous oxide is lost to the atmosphere, very little of it is able to be recovered by bacteria and returned to the soil. It is a greenhouse gas…