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Media release: Adding folic acid to flour supported by health research advocate

Health research advocacy organisation New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) has come out in support of a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposal to add folic acid to flour to reduce the number of babies born with spina bifida and other neural tube defects. “The incidence of neural tube defects in live births which could…

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Media release: Research, Science and Innovation Strategy lacks ambition

The government’s latest Research Science and Innovation (RSI) strategy lacks ambition and will do little, if anything, to promote increased investment in health and medical research, according to health research advocate New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR). Consultation on the RSI strategy has recently concluded and NZHR has told MBIE that basing the strategy on…

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Submission on Folic acid fortification: Increasing folic acid availability in food New Zealand Food Safety Discussion Paper No: 2019/08

Introduction New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) was established in November 2015 to bring about increased investment in health research from government, industry and philanthropy. We have a commitment to ensuring that the results of health research are translated into policy and practice. As part of our aim to bring about a society which is…

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Submission on MBIE’s consultation paper: New Zealand’s Research, Science & Innovation Strategy, September 2019

Introduction New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) was established in November 2015 to bring about increased investment in health research from government, industry and philanthropy. NZHR’s submission is that • The government’s aspirational ten year 2% R&D investment target is too low, that the 15% R&D tax incentive is insufficient, and that the strategy should…

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Media release: Investment in health research too low – poll

04 November 2019 Three quarters of New Zealanders believe that the government’s $125m budget for health and medical research – which was 0.75% of health care costs – is too low, according to the latest New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) opinion poll. The poll of more than 500 Kiwis was conducted in early May…

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Health and Disability System Review ignores health research

Media release  Health and Disability System Review ignores health research September 4, 2019 Health research advocate, New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) says that it is extremely disappointed that the Interim Report of the Health and Disability System Review makes no mention of the role of health research in contributing to a redesigned health and…

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Submission on MBIE’s discussion paper: Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill – Patents Act 2013, Trade Marks Act 2002, Designs Act 1953

Introduction New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) was established in November 2015 to bring about increased investment in health research from government, industry and philanthropy. One of our areas of focus has been to increase industry investment in health and medical research in New Zealand, which typically occurs by way of investment in clinical trials.…

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