Register Now for Monday, 9 September 2019

Location: University of Auckland Grafton Campus


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Join us in celebrating 30 years of NIHI. Our ground-breaking work over three decades has informed policy, driven innovation in practice and improved people’s lives.

Speakers include some of those who have contributed to NIHI's success in establishing its reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading health research and innovation centres. We will also hear from visionaries shaping the way of population health, research, policy and practice into the future.

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Professor Eric Topol.

Professor Topol is one of the foremost experts in digital medicine and personalised healthcare in the US. He is an internationally acclaimed cardiologist and fomerly Chief of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he founded a new medical school. His 2012 best-seller, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine”, examined the impact of both the genomic and wireless revolutions on the health care system. His next book, “The Patient Will See You Now”, published in 2015, explored how smartphones, big data, and technology are combining to democratise health care. In his latest book, “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again” he argues the case for a more human medicine, “assisted by technology but not driven by it.” You can read more about Professor Topol here.


As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are planning the following:

– Fully vegetarian catering for the day

– No plastic utensils or single-use cups

– We have sourced name cards made of recycled paper filled with wildflower seeds. These cards have been created by a NZ Charitable Trust – The Papermill.

– All attendees are asked to bring along a lanyard or name tag holder they may have from a previous conference. We will have some extras on the day for anyone who does not have one.

– All attendees are encouraged to catch public transport to the conference – there will be no parking provided for attendees.




Registration opens


Mihi whakatau and welcome. A celebration of NIHI past, present and future.

NIHI General Manager Karen Carter will follow the welcome with her perspectives.

Professor Norman Sharpe will share his account of the very early days of CTRU.

NIHI Director, Professor Chris Bullen will discuss Growing Health Innovation. Drawing on examples from NIHI’s record-book, Chris will outline his perspectives as a researcher and NIHI Director about keys to success in the rapidly changing health research environment.


Morning tea


Hear from three of NIHI's research leaders about how their work is making a difference nationally and internationally.

Associate Professor Natalie Walker. No smoker left behind: Helping NZ reach its smokefree 2025 goal. In 2005 NIHI moved into the field of smoking cessation research, given tobacco is one of the leading modifiable risk factors for non-communicable disease. The addiction team have, to date, enrolled 23,500 participants into their pragmatic smoking cessation trials. In this presentation, Natalie will discuss the progression of NIHI smoking cessation research, from a whole-of-population approach to very targeted approaches focusing on priority high smoking prevalence populations, to ensure no smoker is left behind in the journey to becoming a smoke free nation.

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu. Better research through co-design. Researchers are often considered to be “experts” in their subject area and it is still common for research teams to design interventions with minimal input from end users. In this presentation, Cliona will outline her journey from research “expert” to “co-creator”. She will draw on two recent co-design research projects she led to illustrate how co-creation of research leads to improved research engagement, end user empowerment, and translation into practice.

Honorary Associate Professor Robyn Whittaker. mHealth: then, now and tomorrow. mHealth has been a big part of the NIHI story. Honorary Assoc. Prof. Whittaker will share insights into NIHI’s mHealth work past, present and where she sees mHealth heading to in the future.


Panel discussion and Q&A: What are the challenges and opportunities for the future of healthcare, research, policy and innovation? 




Move between the afternoon streams: listen to short talks from our Business Unit staff and emerging researchers; meet the teams, interact with and learn about our APPs, websites and programmes, view posters.


Professor Eric Topol. The future of health research: what will it look like? With an emphasis on how technology is disrupting the way we’ve done health research for the last 50 years, Eric’s talk will focus on the unprecedented opportunities and some of the issues/challenges with areas such as remote monitoring of people in their ‘real worlds’, the capture and analysis of vast amounts of data from a range of sources to predict (and intervene to prevent) future event, translating research findings to effect changes in practice, policy and reducing health inequity.

This presentation will be pre-recorded and followed by a live Q&A session.


Time to mingle: Join us for drinks and canapes.