Queen’s Birthday Honour for Professor Vicky Cameron

15 June 2017

University of Otago, Christchurch
Professor Vicky Cameron

Professor Anne Victoria (Vicky) Cameron was awarded  Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Cameron is a scientist and academic who has been involved in the study of health and genetics for 30 years.  She is currently a a member of Healthier Lives Science Leadership Team, and Principal Investigator on our Predicting Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes project.

Since 1992 Professor Cameron has been based at the University of Otago, Christchurch and is currently Research Professor and Head of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory at the school’s Christchurch Heart Institute. Her research has primarily focused on cardiovascular disease, specifically the disease’s increased likelihood in some families due to DNA variations as well as the disparity in occurrence and mortality between Māori and non-Māori and Pacific peoples.

She has authored or contributed to more than 104 research articles in peer-reviewed publications, 125 conference proceedings, a book chapter and a patent for micro-RNA molecules, used as coronary diagnostic and prognostic tools. Through the Christchurch Heart Institute she has performed extensive genetic profiling of patients with heart disease, assembling a DNA bank of consented research data. She is lead investigator for a number of cohort studies and is co-leader of the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study.

Professor Cameron has held a number of leadership roles within her field and faculty, including membership of the National Heart Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, Convenor of the Marsden Fund Council’s Biomedical Sciences Panel, and Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Christchurch Campus. Professor Cameron gained a BSc(Hons), Zoology, 1977; PhD, Medicine, 1989 from Otago.

Thank you to Otago Bulletin for source material.

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