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Antibiotic resistance looming global threat

Tony Kettle - teaserAntimicrobial resistance is recognised by Governments and health bodies as a serious threat to global health and lives.

Dire scenarios predict people dying from simple infections previously treatable by antibiotics.

Christchurch leads in improving cancer outcomes for women

Peter Sykes - teaserGynaecological cancer surgeon Associate Professor Peter Sykes is leading the Government’s Faster Cancer Treatment programme to improve service in his specialty area.

Genetic variation = increased risk of cancer?

Logan Walker in the lab - teaserGeneticist Dr Logan Walker has won a prestigious research fellowship to develop better ways of identifying high-risk breast and ovarian cancer patients.

Homegrown heart test to cut acute admissions

Richard Troughton and Mark Richards talk to a patient in the Nichols Research CentreA life-saving test invented in Christchurch is now being used to stop heart failure patients returning to hospital.

Medical students go to prison

Population Health students practice Sex Bugs and Rock 'n' Roll performanceA group of fourth year students recently visited Christchurch Men's Prison youth unit to run an interactive safer sex education session. It included songs and dances they created.

Searching for anorexia nervosa genes

Martin Kennedy and Jenny Jordan - teaserMore people die because of anorexia nervosa than any other mental illness.

No effective drug treatment exists.

Suzanne Pitama wins NZ’s top teaching award

Suzanne Pitama - teaserAssociate Professor Suzanne Pitama has won New Zealand’s highest teaching honour – the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.

Who has the highest rates of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Richard Gearry and Andrew Day - teaserCanterbury has one of the highest rates of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the world.


3D printing of bone and tissue happening here

Tim Woodfield and the 3D printerAn epidemic of degenerative joint disease is fast approaching.

The ability to grow tissue rather than inserting artificial devices would revolutionise orthopaedic medicine.

Could Vitamin C cure cancer?

Margreet Vissers - teaserCancer tumours that contain higher levels of Vitamin C are less aggressive and slower to grow than ones with lower levels of the vitamin.

That’s according to ground-breaking research already done by Professor Margreet Vissers and her team at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Heart test cuts deaths by a third

Richard Troughton - teaserOur Christchurch Heart Institute researchers discovered a heart hormone which allows a faster and more accurate diagnosis of heart failure.

New approach to preventing lung damage in cystic fibrosis discovered.

Cycstic fibrosis and oxidative stress - teaserCystic fibrosis is the most common life threatening genetic disorder affecting New Zealand children.

These children get severe and repeated bouts of bacterial infections in their lungs.

Our 3D scanner will revolutionise medical diagnoses

Anthony Butler - teaserToday's x-rays give simple black and white pictures of anatomy or internal structures.

Our MARS scanner will give complex 3D images of what makes up these structures

Seeking genetic causes of serious drug reactions

A selection of drugs - teaserMore than 10 per cent of New Zealand hospital patients have an adverse reaction to medication.

Some of these can be very serious or deadly.

Summer Studentships give would-be researchers hands-on experience

A summer student working in the lab - teaser

The 10-week Summer Studentship programme gives aspiring researchers the chance to work on real projects alongside some of New Zealand’s leading scientists.

Want to make a remarkable discovery?

Christine Winterbourn in the lab - teaser“As a young scientist I was told there was no reason I couldn’t make remarkable discoveries in New Zealand. That made a big impression on me and I still believe it today.’’ - Professor Christine Winterbourn.