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NIHI successful in latest HRC funding round

NIHI researchers have been successful in the latest Health Research Council funding rounds being awarded funding for a programme and two project grants.

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu has been awarded a programme grant of nearly $5m to test the health impact of supermarket strategies and Health Star Rating labels. The research team will look at strategies to support healthier diets across four different domains; at an individual level, government level, food industry level and public health level. Read more

$5m to test impact of supermarket strategies and Health Star Rating labels

A study testing the impact of New Zealand's health star ratings on packaged foods is being granted $5million. The University of Auckland research, led by NIHI's Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu, was one of five research projects from around the country to receive a portion of the Health Research Council's $25 million grant for long-term programmes. Read more

Are artificial sweeteners better for you than sugar?

Watch NIHI's Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu on TVNZ's Breakfast as she discusses whether artifical sweetners are better for you than sugar.

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Do vitamin supplements actually do anything?

Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Professor of Population Nutrition, NIHI discusses the results of a Canadian study on vitamin supplements with Jesse Mulligan (RadioNZ, National Programme) 01 June 2018.

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mHealth Transforming Health Care


Dr Robyn Whittaker (Associate Professor Health Informatics & Technology, NIHI & Clinical Director of Innovation, Waitemata DHB) talks about 'mHealth Transforming Health Care' at the Emerging Tech Health symposium, HiNZ, Christchurch 22 May 2018 Read more

Text messages provide support for people with diabetes

An innovative University of Auckland trial using text messages has proven a success in getting people to manage their diabetes better.

Academics at the University’s National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), part of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, developed a text message based self-management programme. The Self-Management Support for Blood Glucose (SMS4BG) was designed to address the behaviours required for successful diabetes self-management.
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Māori and Pacific health app trialled

A healthy lifestyle app, which is being facilitated by NIHI, which has been developed for Māori and Pasifika people is being trialled and could be rolled out nationally next year.

The app takes a holistic view of health and is aimed not only at individuals but also encourages whānau and communities to work together to improve health and reduce non-communicable disease. Read more

NIHI awarded 2 x Explorer Grants

Congratulations to Gayl Humphrey and Dr Samantha Marsh who have been successful in the latest round of Explorer Grants funded by the Health Research Council. Read more

DIET programme research shows NZ children see an average of 27 junk food ads a day

New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities has revealed.

The research found children were frequently exposed, across multiple settings, to marketing of unhealthy foods not recommended to be marketed to children. Read more

World’s largest e-cigarette trial has just finished recruiting

The HRC-funded ASCEND-II trial has just finished 19 months of recruitment, with 1124 people randomised to receive either 1) nicotine patches, 2) nicotine patches plus a nicotine-containing e-cigarette, or 3) nicotine patches plus a nicotine-free e-cigarette. The last follow-up visit is scheduled for May 2018, with results available July/August 2018. Read more