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Bariatric Surgery Registry launches in New Zealand

New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes for patients who have undergone an operation for obesity across public and private hospitals in New Zealand and Australia. The Registry will be managed by the National Institute for Health Innovation, The University of Auckland.

The Registry, a bi-national initiative by the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ), tracks patients for 10 years following their bariatric surgery, recording any need for reoperation, as well as changes in weight and diabetes status.
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NIHI’s Robyn Whittaker receives KiwiNet Award

Winners of the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, have been announced.

NIHI's Robyn Whittaker was part of the Precision Driven Health team that was awarded the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research and Business Partnership Award. Read more

New grants awarded to NIHI researchers

Congratulations to NIHI researchers, Joanna Ting Wai Chu and Gayl Humphrey who have both been awarded grants as part of the Cure Kids and Government-funded national science challenge A Better Start funding round.

The organisations this afternoon announced $2.8m for 10 child health projects which focused on obesity, mental health, literacy and autism spectrum disorder.

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New DIET Programme publications

Congratulations to the DIET programme team led by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu on their recent publications

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University of Auckland in $215 million investment deal for commercialisation

UniServices has signed a multi-million-dollar deal that will allow a significant increase in the number and quality of world class “disruptive” companies spun out of the university’s research and development.

It is part of an agreement that will see Auckland and the Group of Eight (Go8*) Australian universities together receive investment of “at least” NZ$215 million over 10 years to find and develop companies involved in “disruptive innovation” in areas such as digital medicine, new medical therapies and quantum computing. Read more

NIHI research presented to international policy makers

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu, was invited to present the findings of NIHI-led nutrition labelling research to government agencies in Canberra on 23rd May 2017. Read more

Legal action against tobacco 'sticks' - Expert reaction

Tobacco sticks designed to be heated in an electronic device have run afoul of NZ law, with charges laid against their manufacturer. Read more

HRC grant awarded to improve diabetes self management in young people

Diabetes is a major preventable disease. Lifestyle measures such as correct diet, regular exercise, and weight management are key supportive tools to controlling Type 2 diabetes and for reducing the risk of complications. In many cases Type 2 diabetes self-management also relies on controlling blood glucose levels through regular self-monitoring and taking medication. Read more

Study to adapt US app to help NZ’ers manage alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse significantly increases a person’s risk of physical, mental and emotional harm. It can also negatively impact upon families and communities. Although there are beneficial and cost-effective interventions available from a number of sources to support people who are drinking at harmful levels, few drinkers receive help to reduce their alcohol consumption. Read more

HRC NZ-US Enabling Grant Awarded

Robyn Whittaker has been awarded a Health Research Council (HRC) International Relationships Fund - NZ-US enabling grant. The grant is to enable the design, development and evaluation of a family-based technology-supported childhood obesity prevention programme, particularly for indigenous and priority population groups in NZ, the US, and countries/territories in the Pacific region of interest to the US and NZ.
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