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NIHI researchers win awards at the School of Population Health Research Showcase

Leila Pfaeffli, Helen Eyles and Wilma Waterlander with awards

Leila Pfaeffli - post-graduate award for best poster
Wilma Waterlander - emerging researcher award for best poster
Helen Eyles - people's choice award for best poster 

Professor David Nutt discusses regulation of alcohol

Professor David Nutt of the Imperial College London gives his opinion on whether alcohol regulation policy should follow a similar path to tobacco policy.

How can New Zealand achieve its Smokefree 2025 goal?

NIHI recently hosted renowned additions expert, Professor David Nutt of the Imperial College London, on a visit to New Zealand. During his visit we asked him to share his thoughts on how New Zealand can reach its goal to be smokefree by 2025 (defined as less than 5% of the population smoking). Watch the below for his suggestions:

NIHI e-cigarette study listed in Top 10 NZ science stories of 2013

The Science Media Centre has included a world-first study led by NIHI researchers into the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, on its list of the most significant science stories of 2013.

The study, led by NIHI director Associate Professor Chris Bullen, made headlines across the globe for discovering e-cigarettes could be as effective as nicotine patches in helping people to quit smoking.

$1.2m funding for research into renal denervation high blood pressure treatment

People with resistant high blood pressure will benefit from a new NIHI-led project to evaluate the best advice to help New Zealanders.

The $1.2 million nationwide project, funded by the new HRC/National Health Committee Health Innovation Partnership, will evaluate how care for people with resistant high blood pressure can be improved in New Zealand.

FoodSwitch smartphone app hits 30,000 downloads

A woman examines a nutrition label in a supermarketThe smartphone app that aims to help New Zealand shoppers make healthier food choices by reducing their risk of dying early from two of the nation’s biggest killers, heart attack and stroke, has now reached 30,000 downloads.

FoodSwitch was launched in August this year. Originally developed in Australia by the George Institute for Global Health, it was tailored for New Zealand shoppers by researchers at NIHI.

Calorie under-reporting affects national obesity data

A new study led by NIHI analysing national nutrition data has revealed discrepancies between official reported figures for energy intake and the population’s growing body size, which could have serious implications for future efforts to fight bulging waistlines.

Authored by researchers from the NIHI and the Epidemiology and Biostatistics section at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health, the findings have been published by the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” an international scientific peer-reviewed journal.

NIHI researchers extremely pleased with huge decline in smoking population

NIHI has welcomed the latest census data which revealed a massive decline in the number of people smoking in New Zealand.

According to data released by Statistics New Zealand, the number of people smoking has decreased to 15% of the population, down from 20.7 per cent in 2006. This means the smoking population has reduced from 597,192 in 2006 to 463,194 in 2013.

Professor David Nutt discusses e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes have polarised the tobacco control community, with concern growing now that tobacco companies have started investing in e-cigarettes. World-leading drug expert Professor David Nutt discusses whether e-cigarettes should be regulated as medicines or left as consumer products with associated consumer protection.

A call for NZ Government to cut cigarette nicotine content

Supported by the results of a world-first New Zealand study, tobacco addiction researchers are calling on the Government to allow only cigarettes with very low nicotine content to be sold in the country.

Results from a 12 week randomised controlled trial, conducted by a multi-institutional team led by NIHI, provided strong evidence that low nicotine content cigarettes lower levels of tobacco addiction and help people to quit smoking.