News & Events

Māori and Pacific focus for quit smoking research

Two research studies aimed at the goal of reduced smoking among New Zealanders to five percent or less by 2025, will go ahead at the University of Auckland this year. These will be led by Associate Professor Natalie Walker from the National Institute of Health Innovation

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1606/S00072/maori-and-pacific-focus-for-quit-smoking-research.htm

Sugary drinks tax?

Sugary drinks have emerged as a public health problem in NZ and NIHI researchers have been active in advocating for change - Professors Cliona NI Mhurchu and Chris Bullen were among 74 New Zealand health professors who wrote an open letter to Cabinet Ministers calling for a sugary drinks tax. Read the letter here:

NIHI e-cigarette trial (ASCEND-II) has started recruitment

ASCEND-II is a randomised-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of combining nicotine patches with e-cigarettes (with and without nicotine) plus behavioural support, on smoking abstinence. The trial started recruitment on 14 March 2016. For more information, please see the trial website

NIHI partnership launches new version of app to make low salt and gluten-free shopping easy

Low salt and gluten-free food products will be easy to identify using an updated smart-phone app that helps New Zealanders to shop healthy.  The FoodSwitch app was first developed in 2013 as a partnership between NIHI, The George Institute for Global Health and Bupa – an exciting new update was released today with salt- and gluten-switch options, and 100’s of new food products in the database.  Read more

NIHI research on show at international smoking cessation conference in Chicago

NIHI's Associate Professor Natalie Walker spoke this week at the 2016 conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco in Chicago. Her topic, emerging novel smoking cessation treatments, drew on her experiences designing and leading a number of groundbreaking trials of novel treatments. Dr Walker also led the Scientific Programme committee that organised the conference's scientific content.

Novel problem gambling relapse prevention app trial (‘SPGETTI’ Trial) funded by Ministry of Health

Professor Chris Bullen is leading a team of NIHI and other researchers from the Centre for Addiction Research to trial an innovative app to help people with problem gambling on ‘pokies’ prevent relapsing. Funding for the trial was announced in early February by the Ministry of Health.

New e-cigarette trial ASCEND-II soon to start recruitment

ASCEND-II is a randomised-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of combining nicotine patches with e-cigarettes (with and without nicotine) plus behavioural support, on smoking abstinence. The trial is not yet recruiting, but we are hoping to start recruitment in March.

For more information, please see the trial website.

Majority of packaged foods in NZ supermarkets ultra-processed – new study report in scientific journal and NZ media

New NIHI study led by Dr Waterlander finds that the majority of packaged food available in New Zealand supermarkets are ultra-processed and so also the unhealthiest foods available. These findings highlight the need to improve the supermarket food supply by reducing numbers of ultra-processed foods and reformulating products to improve their nutritional profile.