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The challenge of improving health and reducing health inequities in NZ

November 17, 2018

The Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge welcomes the announcement from the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Megan Woods, which confirms funding for its 2019-2024 research strategy. Director Professor Jim Mann says the new Healthier Lives five-year strategy puts equitable health outcomes at its very heart. “We have forged new…

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Funding boost for health project

November 17, 2018

Funding boost for health projectGaininge a further $17.6 million will help Healthier Lives researchers, hosted by the University of Otago, to improve health research and counter the obesity epidemic, Prof Jim Mann says. Prof Mann was “delighted” that initial funding for the first five years of the Healthier Lives-Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge had now…

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Collection of demonstration projects highlights value of patient engagement in research

November 15, 2018

Does engaging patients in research projects improve health? A comprehensive collection of 17 innovative demonstration projects — from youth involvement in mental health services to suicide prevention, Indigenous health, children with complex medical needs and more — highlights the value of patient engagement in research. Engaging Patients in Health Research: the Ontario Experience, a special…

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Pūrākau leading to better health

November 14, 2018

A top of the South Island iwi wants to use storytelling as the basis for its health and wellness strategy. Kaikaiawaro Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia, has received Health Research Council funding to capture pūrākau and turn them into action. Rūnanga general manager David Johnston says iwi researchers will…

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Gut worms may be healthy – research

November 10, 2018

Having worms in your gut may sound unpleasant, but New Zealand scientists have good reason to believe they could benefit your health. The research, published in Mucosal Immunology, found that the presence of intestinal parasites provides long-lasting protection against infection from other species of parasites in other organs. The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research’s Dr…

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Research Australia calls on Senate to scrap R&D tax changes

November 8, 2018

Research Australia is a member-based organisation that advocates in support of health and medical research. Its members include Medicines Australia and a range of research-based pharmaceutical companies. The organisation has released its submission to the Senate inquiry into the Bill. Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and…

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Study highlights benefits of reducing sitting time at work

November 8, 2018

Researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK and Loughborough University conducted the study to investigate simple solutions to reducing sitting time in the office. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the study found that giving height-adjustable workstations to office workers, alongside a brief education seminar, posters and providing feedback on…

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Owen Glenn provides major grant for liver cancer research

November 7, 2018

A major liver cancer research program, led by Australia’s first Microbiome Research Centre, has received a $3 million grant from philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn. The program will study the links between gut health and liver cancer, optimising treatment options and examining the possible impact of the microbiome on the body’s immunotherapy response to cancer. Read…

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Health Research Matters October 2018

November 6, 2018

Click here to read read the Health Research Matters newsletter for October 2018

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NEAC health research standards submission

November 1, 2018

Click here to read the full submission

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