Remembering Barbara Heslop

Remembering Barbara Heslop

Barbara Farnsworth Heslop, CBE FRSNZ, born Barbara Cupit in Auckland, New Zealand, attended Epsom Girls' Grammar School and graduated from the University of Otago with her MB ChB in 1949 and MD in 1954.
Barbara married surgeon John Herbert Heslop, noted for his work on skin carcinogenesis and they had two daughters together: Helen and Hilary.
Barbara gained recognition in the medical community for both her research and her teaching, at a time when women scientists were scarce. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for services to surgical sciences in 1975. In 1990, in honor of her research achievements, she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, mainly based on her publications on allogeneic lymphocyte cytotoxicity (a natural killer cell mediated phenomenon). The same year, she and her husband John were joint recipients of the Sir Louis Barnett Medal awarded by the RACS.
In the 1991 New Year Honors, Barbara was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to medical education.
Dr. Heslop died in Dunedin in 2013 and later that year the Barbara Heslop Memorial Fund was established by her daughter Helen who is a member of the Board of AUOA. The Board approved a grant to the Barbara Heslop Memorial Fund in 2014.
The fund will be used to support an endowment of $300,000 to support research in the disciplines of pathology or immunology within the Otago Medical School.  The fund will target students and early career researchers and may be used to fund stipends or fees for one-year research degrees - BMedSc for medical students or Honors for BSc or BBioMedSc students. It can also be used to fund conference travel for PhD students, project costs for postgraduates or postdoctoral fellows, and summer studentships.