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New Zealanders for Health Research is the nation’s only dedicated public education and advocacy alliance committed to making health research a higher priority in New Zealand.

Our members span industry, patient advocacy groups, charities and research institutions. Together, our diverse alliance represents the interests of a broad community all working together to promote health and prosperity for New Zealanders.

Investment in health research is of vital importance. Not only does it improve the health and quality of people’s lives now and in the future, it also supports New Zealand’s economy through the emergence of new businesses and knowledge-based jobs for kiwis. Our voice promotes health and prosperity for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

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Media Release: Mental Health and Addictions Report: research funding woefully inadequate

December 5, 2018

Health research advocate, New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR), welcomes the Mental Health and Addictions report but says that research funding is woefully inadequate. NZHR Chief Executive, Chris Higgins, said that according to the report public spending on mental health and addiction services in the last year amounted to $1.4b “The report also indicates that…

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Health Research Matters November 2018

December 4, 2018

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Imagine a cure for dementia – how medical research holds the key

November 23, 2018

Imagine that you are diagnosed with dementia. You’re told it will progressively deprive you of your ability to think, your personality, and your independence. Now imagine the doctor says your condition could have been treated if it was diagnosed 10 years earlier, but the damage to your brain is now too extensive. An Auckland researcher…

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Opal Biosciences: The company fighting antibiotic resistance

November 22, 2018

How many companies are developing new antibiotics in order to tackle antibiotic-resistant infections? Not enough. Many medical breakthroughs in the last century could ultimately be labelled as worthless or lost through the spread of antimicrobial resistance. New resistance mechanisms have emerged and are spreading globally, threatening the pharmaceuticals industries ability to treat infectious illnesses and…

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Hip, hip, hooray for clever Otago bioengineering scientists

November 22, 2018

Plans to produce next-generation hip replacements by 3D-bioprinting bone were among many University of Otago research projects supported by more than $3.5 million in career development awards. ”It seems futuristic, but it’s also realistic,” Dr Khoon Lim, an Otago University bioengineer, said of the new approach. He is developing a Lego-like system to 3D-bioprint bone;…

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