News & Opinion

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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NZ punching above its weight for quality of scientific research being produced

October 27, 2016

New Zealand is punching above its weight in its output of top-quality research, with a new index ranking the country above larger nations like Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Overall, New Zealand is placed 30th on the just-released Nature Index – tracking high-quality research of more than 8,000 global institutions and assessing the top 10…

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New Zealand: New research shows gaps widening for Māori

October 27, 2016

Wai-Research today launches two important publications that look into Māori child wellbeing and the widening gaps in Māori Mental Health, as well as announcing Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie as Pou (Patron) of the research unit. Wai-Research is responsible for a research programme that supports Te Whānau o Waipareira to evidence the best outcomes for…

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‘Cellular CCTV’ solves longstanding Leukaemia mystery

October 21, 2016

The longstanding question of how leukaemia survives chemotherapy has been answered by researchers in Australia and the United Kingdom, bringing the world closer to more effective therapies for this devastating cancer. Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood with significantly high mortality rates. In Australia, 50% of adult leukaemia patients relapse after their initial chemotherapy treatment. Often…

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Two leading non-profit organizations sign strategic affiliation to hasten drug development

October 20, 2016

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr) – two leading non-profit research organizations – today announced the signing of a strategic affiliation that combines the two organizations into a new biomedical research entity with the tools and know-how to rapidly translate its scientific discoveries into life-saving medicines for the…

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Clinical research trial for Alzheimer’s medication

October 20, 2016

Calling all cell phone losers, milk-forgetters and the car-park confused: here’s a research clinical trial just for you Where did I put my keys? What did I come to the supermarket for? Where did I park the car? What have I done with my phone? Forgetting the little things can just be a symptom of…

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World’s biggest health challenges to be confronted in Wollongong

October 19, 2016

UOW announces world-leading $80m molecular and life sciences research centre.   The city of Wollongong, south of Sydney, is set to become a hub of revolutionary medical research and discovery following the launch today (19 October 2016) of UOW’s plans for a world-leading research facility.   Molecular Horizons: the University of Wollongong’s $80 million Centre…

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