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UPDATED: Funding new medicines in NZ – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 17th, 2015.

Funding new medicines in New Zealand can take over eight years and recommending a drug as high priority does not necessarily shorten its wait time, a new study finds. New research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found that there are a substantial number of medicines awaiting funding in New Zealand by […]

2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 7th, 2014.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to Professor John O’Keefe of University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Professors May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The prize was awarded for their work in discovering an ‘inner GPS’ positioning system in the […]

Sunday Star Times: Our bright sparks

Peter Griffin posted in on November 15th, 2010.

Adam Dudding writes in the Sunday Star Times about the involvement of kiwi scientist Dr David Krofcheck in the Large Hadron Collider, and his particular interest in the recent experiments with lead atoms. Krofcheck is interested not only in the science – which could lead to breakthroughs in medical imaging – but is also proud […]

Dom Post: Bright idea for medical breakthroughs

Peter Griffin posted in on June 14th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about the multiple uses New Zealand’s glow-worms could be put to: from helping to monitor blood sugar to medical imaging. Research is being carried out by University of Otago’s Miriam Sharpe into the proteins responsible for the worms/ ability to glow – it is hoped that these proteins […]

UC/CERN collaboration leads to colour x-rays

Peter Griffin posted in on December 16th, 2009.

An international collaboration involving New Zealand researchers has resulted in a world-first: colour x-ray technology. The Medipix All Resolution System (MARS) scanner – a type of CT scanner – makes use of technologies first developed for particle physics research at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research). The scanner is currently being shipped from the University […]

Dom Post: New Zealand scientists find new cancer drug

Peter Griffin posted in on November 30th, 2009.

Ruth Hill of the Dominion Post reports on a new class of anti-cancer drugs, developed by New Zealand scientists from Auckland University, which lack the side-effects of chemotherapy. Called ‘prodrugs’, they are inactive until triggered by the body’s own processes and shown great promise in lab tests thus far, although the drugs are still several […]

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