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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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Nutrition labels improve understanding

Nutrition labels have a minor impact on New Zealand consumer healthy food choices, according to the latest study from the University of Auckland.

The study involved 1357 New Zealander shoppers split into three groups of about 400 each and randomly allocated to one of three labels: Traffic Light labels, Health Star Rating labels, or Nutrition Information Panels. Read more

2016 New Zealand Physical Activity Report Card for Children & Youth

The 2016 New Zealand Physical Activity Report Card reviewed national & regional survey data describing physical activity among children & youth (5–18 y). The Report Card aims to inform advocacy, policy & program development, & enable international comparison. The 2016 Report Card updates the previous 2014 review & presents revised physical activity grades. Read more

NIHI researchers feature at HINZ 2016

NIHI’s Dr Robyn Whittaker, Gayl Humphrey and Prof Chris Bullen all presented on their research at this important meeting of health IT experts in Auckland from 1-3 November.
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