Our Research Programmes - an overview

cardiovascular-exercise Heart Health Research - Cardiovascular disease is responsible for a major proportion of the health burden experienced by individuals and societies around the world. It is also one of the leading causes of our ethnic and socio-economic survival inequalities. Read more >
PDAs for data capture Health Technology - Modern mobile communications technologies provide a rapid, cost-efficient transport mechanism for communicating with trial participants on a one-to-one basis. Field data capture using mobile devices also offers significant potential savings. Read more >
Optimised Nutrition Nutrition & Physical Activity - Forty per cent of deaths in New Zealand (11,000 each year) can be attributed to the joint effects of poor nutrition and inadequate physical activity. More than half our population is currently overweight or obese. Read more >
Smoking Cessation Tobacco & Addictions - Tobacco smoking remains the greatest modifiable risk to health of New Zealanders, and is the leading cause of disparities in life expectancy between Maori and non-Maori. New Zealand statistics are reflected globally. Successful smoking cessation treatments lead to significant savings in the cost of patient care. Read more >



NIHI Associates

cardiovascular-exercise Health Systems is a section of the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. In 2012 the Health Systems section became an associate of the National Institute for Health Innovation.. Researchers in Health Systems aim to find innovative solutions for improving the funding, organisation, management and delivery of health services and health systems. Read more >

Trials in the spotlight


CTRU Trials in the spotlight


SHOP: Supermarket Healthy Options Project. A large randomised controlled trial of the effects of price discounts and tailored nutrition education on supermarket food purchases. The study was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The study showed there was an 11% increase in the amount of healthier food purchased when 12.5% was taken off the price. This increase equates to about half a kilo more fruits and vegetables per household each week, or about six extra servings.

PQNIQ: Pre-quitting nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to increase quitting. The largest (n=1100) study of its kind, the PQNIQ trial was a pragmatic, randomised, controlled trial involving moderately dependent smokers, half of whom used NRT for two weeks prior to quitting as usual, compared to the other half on usual care. The study was funded by the Health Research Council and National Heart Foundation of NZ and found a small but not statistically significant increase in quitting rates at 6 months in the pre-quit group. However, when the PQNIQ trial data were pooled with data from other pre-quitting trials the effect was significant and moderate (about a 25% increase in sustained quitting), suggesting a real and clinically beneficial effect of this simple innovation to standard practice.