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Pharma under fire, but firms serious about research will pay off, expert says

November 5, 2016

Pharmaceutical stocks have been under pressure thanks to the public outcry over drug pricing, but certain companies are doing things right, former Medtronic CEO Bill George told CNBC on Friday. “The ones that are really serious about research, they are going to pay off big time, very big,” he said in an interview with ”…

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Auckland Pacific health initiatives gain research funding

November 2, 2016

A text message programme to motivate and support healthy behaviour change in Tongan people with pre-diabetes – to help prevent the onset of diabetes – is one of the Pacific Health research initiatives to be funded next year. The Health Research Council (HRC) has just announced 22 Pacific career development awards for 2017 with nine…

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Tessa Morgan: from arts degree to a career in medical research

November 2, 2016

Kathryn Ryan talks with 22 year old Auckland University honours student Tessa Morgan, who’s won a lucrative scholarship to Cambridge University, to research a PhD in palliative care. Listen here  

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Two Hercus Fellowships for medical Faculty

November 1, 2016

The impact of the built environment on children’s levels of physical activity will be studied by new Sir Charles Hercus Fellow from the University of Auckland, Associate Professor Melody Smith. She received one of five prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Fellowships awarded by the Health Research Council (HRC) in its latest funding round, and one of…

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With Scrotox, men give wrinkly scrotums the sack

November 1, 2016

Men who have spent their lives feeling ashamed of their saggy sperm satchel no longer need to suffer, writes Ben Pobjie. With Scrotox, we can finally give wrinkly scrotums the sack. The printing press. The refrigerator. Those stickers you put on your door telling salespeople not to knock. Human history has seen many inventions that…

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AUT scholars receive prestigious HRC awards

November 1, 2016

Five AUT scholars were yesterday announced as recipients of the Health Research Council’s 2017 career development awards. The awards recognise New Zealand’s outstanding emerging talent, and seek to foster the country’s health research workforce by enabling sought-after development opportunities. Read more

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New treatments for pain, sexual violence prevention and TB funded

November 1, 2016

The ‘silent epidemic’ of chronic pain is the focus of University of Auckland research awarded $500,000 in funding over four years from the Health Research Council of New Zealand which is also funding a study on sexual violence prevention and tuberculosis (TB). School of Biological Sciences Research Fellow Christopher Walker says daily, unrelenting pain is…

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Why are some preventable cancer deaths in Māori and Pacific peoples increasing?

October 31, 2016

Work we just published shows some adverse trends in cancer deaths by ethnic group, as well as some favourable trends. In this blog we discuss some of the key findings of this research and what the options are for NZ society to address the harmful trends for obesity-related cancers, tobacco-related cancers and infection-related cancers. We…

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Screening toddlers to cut heart attack risks

October 28, 2016

The New England Journal of Medicine Screening toddlers’ cholesterol levels and genes when they visit a GP for routine vaccinations could help pick up families with a high risk of heart disease, say UK researchers. The research found that for every 1000 toddlers screened, 8 people could be identified as being at a high risk…

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Investing in research

October 27, 2016

A new collaboration in genomic medicine sees Scotland join AstraZeneca’s global genomics initiative – further demonstrating Scotland’s ability to attract major industry projects. The partnership between AstraZeneca and the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, which represents NHSScotland, Scottish Universities and industry partners, will offer unique opportunities to researchers using patients’ genetic information to develop innovative…

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