In December, HRI welcomed eight talented researchers from New Zealand to take part in a 2-month summer scholarship program.
Students from Auckland University, Victoria University, Wellington and the University of Technology, Auckland were chosen to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease.
Emily McCarthy penned this message:
“For the past two months, I have been on a scholarship offered by the HRI to New Zealand Undergraduate students, placed in the Thrombosis Group of the HRI. My passion for the biological sciences is something which I have been aware of for many years, but it has been through this experience that I have been able to get a glimpse of what a career in Biological Research will be like – and I love the way it looks!
“While my Bachelor of Science study at Victoria University of Wellington has exposed me to a plethora of biological concepts and some basic lab work, I have never experienced hands-on Biological Research as I have over the past two months.
“The clinical focus of the HRI is something which I find hugely appealing and I loved how, at every lab meeting, I could see the relevance of the research being conducted to tackling the huge problem of cardiovascular disease that faces New Zealanders and Australians.
“The focus on positive clinical outcomes and increasing understanding of the mechanisms and therefore possible solutions to cardiovascular diseases makes me proud to have worked in the organisation for the last two months, and the importance of the work you all do cannot be overstated.
“When I return to New Zealand, I will return with more practical lab skills, a more analytical mind, a deeper understanding of cardiovascular disease and a reignited passion for my course of study."
Emily McCarthy is majoring in Cell and Molecular Bioscience and Political Science at Victoria University, Wellington.