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$97m funding boost for NZ health research – In the news

Posted in In the News on May 18th, 2016.

Health research in New Zealand is set to get a $97 million boost over the next four years. The Government this week announced that funding to the Health Research Council (HRC) will increase by 56 per cent over four years – from $77 million in 2015/16 to $120 million in 2019/20. “The HRC supports research […]

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Melanoma mutations vary North to South – In the News

New Zealand has the highest rates of melanoma in the world but the underlying genetic changes behind these cancers vary considerably between the North and South islands, finds a new study. Researchers from the University of Otago analysed the DNA in tumour samples from 529 patients with metastatic melanoma, looking for genes linked to the […]

May 16th, 2016 Read full Story

HRC grants to explore health frontiers – In the News

Could fish eyes help solve a donor cornea shortage? Can we objectively tell how much sugar some one has been eating? Do e-cigarettes really help you quit smoking? The New Zealand Health Research (HRC) council is helping Kiwi researchers find answers to these questions through their latest HRC Emerging Researcher First Grants and HRC Feasibility […]

May 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Biggest ever 1080 drop to counter pest plague – In the News

More than 800,000 hectares of land across the country will be the target of the largest ever pest control operation in New Zealand’s history. The Battle for our Birds 2016 programme will kick off this winter, aiming to knock back a burgeoning pest population boosted by heavy forest seeding, or mast. Rat and stoat numbers […]

May 10th, 2016 Read full Story

Remembering Rena: Oil spill research – In the News

Nearly five years after the ship Rena ran aground on Otaiti (Astrolabe Reef) and caused the worst oil spill in New Zealand history, a newly-published series of papers explores the lessons learned. In a new special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, guest editors Chris Battershill, Conrad Pilditch, Philip Ross, […]

May 9th, 2016 Read full Story

Mapping mutations in breast cancer – In the News

An international team of researchers have produced the most comprehensive map to date of the genetic changes leading to breast cancer, publishing their results today in the journals Nature and Nature Communications. The researchers sequenced the DNA of tumours and normal tissue from 560 breast cancer patients to identify mutations in 93 genes, moving us […]

May 3rd, 2016 Read full Story

Anaesthetists conference far from sleep-inducing

Exercise, strokes and chronic pain are just a few of the topics covered at a trans-tasman conference for anaesthetists in Auckland this week. The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists is currently taking place in Auckland, running from 30 April to 4 May. New research covered at the conference […]

May 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

Opportunities to act now on climate change – report

There are numerous ways New Zealand can tackle climate change, says a new report, but we must act now. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s climate mitigation report, launched this morning, outlines how New Zealand can shift to a low-carbon economy, reducing greenhouse gas emission across a range of sectors, including: heat supply electricity supply […]

April 27th, 2016 Read full Story

Drug survey reveals rise of internet dealers – In the News

An annual survey of frequent drug users has revealed that the internet is becoming an increasingly common tool for sourcing drugs. The latest results from the Massey University Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) study show 72 per cent of frequent drug users report increased buying and selling of drugs via social media and encrypted websites. […]

April 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Climate change already at work in NZ – Report – In the News

The impacts of climate change are already visible in New Zealand and will get worse unless drastic action is taken to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, warns a new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The report identifies key areas of risk including: coastal margins; flooding from rivers; availability of and competition […]

April 19th, 2016 Read full Story

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