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September Newsletter

October 6, 2016

New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) Newsletter Past issues of our newsletter have tended to focus on providing updates on NZHR’s development and activities. While we’ll continue to do this from time to time, we also want the newsletter to highlight and comment on current issues of relevance to all of us who have a…

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Sir Bob Parker and Chinese investors back $70m building in Christchurch health precinct

October 6, 2016

Sir Bob Parker and Chinese investors are behind a new health research facility in Christchurch. Ground was broken on Thursday for the construction of the Health Research Education Facility (HREF). The $70 million building will be the first private sector building to be constructed in Christchurch’s health precinct, which occupies a block bordered by Oxford Tce, Montreal St,…

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Top Pacific psychologist honoured for mental health research

October 6, 2016

Waikato University research fellow Dr Byron Seiuli has been recognised for his significant contribution to supporting Pacific men facing trauma and mental health challenges. The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) presented Dr Seiuli, a counsellor of Samoan heritage, with an award as an emerging researcher at a ceremony at Waikato University last night.…

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Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded To Creators Of The World’s Tiniest Machines

October 6, 2016

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionise everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body. The winners…

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Dr Michael Gillam on the future of medicine

October 5, 2016

What will medicine and healthcare be like in the future? What role will technology play? How much say will patients have in their care? On computers in medicine: Michael Gillam: Just like cardiology or obstetrics or any of these other specialties, there’s now a speciality in medical informatics, as well – the application of computers…

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August Update

September 12, 2016

This last month has been a pivotal one for New Zealanders for Health Research, with a number of key highlights. Our travelling roadshow networking events in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch have been a real hit, and we were excited to have shared some of the results from our Roy Morgan opinion poll. Respondents ranked…

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NZHR Opinion Poll

September 6, 2016

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New Zealanders want drug companies and government to spend more on health research

August 25, 2016

Most Kiwis want the private sector to fork out more for health and medical research, a new opinion survey has found. The online survey of 504 adults by Roy Morgan Research found 86 per cent wanted private sector businesses such as pharmaceutical companies to stump up more for health research. This was slightly more than…

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Biotech fund a boost for research

August 12, 2016

CSL (CSL) chief executive Paul Perreault has welcomed the launch of the government’s new Biomedical Translation Fund for focusing the attention of the $2 trillion superannuation system on the commercialisation of medical tech­no­logies. The fund, officially launched by Innovation and Science Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday, matches every dollar venture capital and super funds invest…

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Powerhouse Ventures to raise $21 million from ASX listing

August 12, 2016

Christchurch-based technology commercialisation company, Powerhouse Ventures, has lodged a prospectus with the Australian Stock Exchange for an IPO to raise up to $A20 million ($21m), after earlier flagging its intention to list on the NZX. Chairman Kerry McDonald said the company would look to expand its operations into Australia. “We propose to enter the Australian…

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