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Mercia Barnes Trust



The Mercia Barnes Trust (MBT) was established in 1994 in memory of Doctor Mercia Barnes.

The Trust aims to assist and promote research in the area of women's and reproductive health. The Mercia Barnes Trust specifically supports New Zealand research with a focus on supporting young researchers.
 

Objectives

  • encourage the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology, and the study and teaching of the scientific aspects of human reproduction
  • promote knowledge in obstetrics and gynaecology and related subjects
  • further public education and promote the health and welfare of women and children.
 

Research Grants

The Mercia Barnes Trust invites applications annually for research fellowships in the area of women's and reproductive health up to a value of $35,000 each. Smaller or multiple grants are considered. As well as tabling a report at each AGM of the Trust, recipients are encouraged to publish as well as report progress to colleagues in one of the following ways:

  • Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) presentation
  • presentation to another appropriate forum
  • RANZCOG NZ newsletter update

Since 1997, grants from the Trust have contributed to a wide range of research projects. Areas of research undertaken include preterm delivery, hysterectomy, vulval cancer, premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, dysmenorrhoea, small for gestational age babies, HPV testing, IVF and breastfeeding, maternal sleep practices and risk of late stillbirth, and perinatal mortality.


Funding round information and dates


The Mercia Barnes Trust 2021 funding round has closed.  Applications are now being considered.

For further information please contact the RANZCOG NZ Office at [email protected].


Grant history

 

Support the Trust

Your donation will enable the Mercia Barnes Trust to support research to promote women's health and improve the quality of care and health outcomes for wāhine, pepi and whānau. New Zealand residents can claim tax credits for donations of $5 or more as per IRD advice. An official receipt will be forwarded via email to you. If you have any issues/questions please contact [email protected]

 

Trust administration

The Trust is currently administered by the Head of Aotearoa New Zealand Office on behalf of Trustees. The Trustees are Drs Digby Ngan Kee (Chair), Jim Faherty, Andrew Murray and Ruth Swarbrick, Professor Lesley McCowan and Mrs Phyllis Huitema.


Sustainability

​The Trust relies on centralised RANZCOG funding as well as donations to continue to provide research fellowships in women's and reproductive health. 

 

Historical background

Dr Barnes was born in Raetihi. An Otago graduate, she worked in a number of New Zealand hospitals before beginning her O&G training at St Helen's in Christchurch. She was secretary of the NZ Council of RCOG, then the first secretary of the local college when it was formed in 1982. In 1990 she was elected President of the RNZCOG, a position she held until 1994.

In 1994, The Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RNZCOG) initiated the formation of a research trust. Dr Mercia Barnes had recently ended her term as President of the RNZCOG in 1994. Sadly, she died suddenly a few weeks after completing her term of office and the Trust was named in her memory.
 

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