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Current research successes

The University of Otago, Wellington, is a research-led campus with an international reputation for excellence.

It has research strengths in a number of areas through biomedical, clinical and public health. All departments are research active, and there are more than 15 well established research groups.

2017

  • Associate Professor Beverley Lawton
    HRC: Project
    He Tapu Te Whare Tangata
    for more information: http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/associate-professor-beverley-lawton-0


  • Dr James Stanley
    HRC: Project
    The impact of racism on the future health of adults: a prospective cohort study
    for more information:
     http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-james-stanley


  • Dr Annemarei Ranta
    HRC: Project
    Geographic and ethnic inequities in stroke outcomes
    for more information:
     http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-annemarei-ranta-0


  • Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs
    HRC: Feasibility Study
    Preventing progression from the pre-diabetes to Type2 diabetes in New Zealand
    for more information:
     http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/associate-professor-jeremy-krebs-0


  • Associate Professor William Levack
    HRC: Feasibility Study
    Taking charge of COPD: A low-cost self-management intervention
    for more information:
     http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-william-levack-0


  • Dr Stephen Inns
    HRC: Feasibility Study
    Effects of Helicobacter pulori in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes
    for more information:
     http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-stephen-inns


  • Gay Dungey
    Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc
    Peer group supervision for radiation therapists in New Zealand


  • Associate Professor George Thomson
    Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc
    Sun protection for children in New Zealand playgrounds: Developing a methodology and providing results to inform local government action


  • Dr Kirsty Danielson
    Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc
    Plasma microRNA biomarkers for neo-adjuvant radiotherapy response in rectal cancer patients


  • Associate Professor Louise Signal
    World Health Organisation
    School Food Policy in ECE's and primary schools in Tonga'tapu


  • Dr Kirsty Danielson
    Research for Life WMRF [Research Grant]
    Small non-coding RNAs as early biomarkers for colonic cancer


  • Dr Ayesha Verrall
    Research for Life WMRF [Research Grant]
    Development of a mycobacterial growth inhibition assay


  • Shaystah Dean
    [Mentor: Professor Sunny Collings]
    Research for Life WMRF [Travel Grant]
    Travel to the International Conference on Motivational Interviewing, Philadephia, USA


  • Professor Dawn Elder
    Research for Life WMRF [Grant-In-Aid]
    Intermittent hypoxia in preterm and term infants in the first year of life:  effects on growth, and measures of heart rate variability


  • Shaystah Dean
    Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust [Travel Grant]
    Engaging Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment (Travel to Conference)


  • Dr Moira Smith
    Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust [Travel Grant]
    International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity


  • Dr Rebecca Dyson
    New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
    Protecting Babies Brains for a Better Future


  • Dr Clint Gray
    New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
    Born too soon? Predisposition to Cardiometabolic diseases in later life following preterm birth


  • Dr Dalice Sim
    Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc.
    What are the drivers of smoking decline in Samoan, Cook Island, Tongan, Niuean adolescents in New Zealand, and how do they compare with European and Māori?


  • Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs
    HRC: Long-term Conditions Partnership
    Preventing progression from Pre-diabetes to Type 2 Diabetes in New Zealanders
    for more information: http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/associate-professor-jeremy-krebs


  • Professor Diana Sarfati
    HRC: Long-term Conditions Partnership
    Innovative management of diabetes with comprehensive digital health programme
    for more information:
     http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/professor-diana-sarfati


  • Dr Gabrielle Jenkin
    Royal Society of New Zealand – Marsden Fund Fast Start
    Acute Mental Health Wards: Therapeutic Spaces or Stigmatising Places?


  • Dr Maria Saito-Benz
    Royal Australasian College of Physician
    Near Infrared spectroscopy of monitoring brain Oxygenation in Premature infants (NIMO-Prem)


  • Dr Sara Filoche
    MBIE – Unlocking Curious Minds
    Science fusion: kura + whare wānanga = science in te reo Maori


  • Associate Professor Alister Neill
    Neuromuscular Research Foundation Trust
    Improving access and safety of non-invasive ventilation for neuromuscular disorders


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    2016

    • Professor Michael Baker
      HRC 2016 Funding Round - Project
      Understanding GAS pharyngitis and skin infections as causes of rheumatic fever
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/professor-michael-baker-0


    • Dr Ashok Gunawardene
      The Surgical Research Trust
      Do circulating inflammatory biomarkers predict survival and recurrence in colorectal cancer following surgical resection with curative intent?


    • Dr Caroline Morris
      NZ Pharmacy Education & Research
      Community pharmacists’ perceptions of their role in primary mental health care


    • Dr Nevil Pierse
      Cure Kids
      Long term outcomes for extreme preterm births


    • Ana Holley
      Research for Life WMRF
      MicroRNA and Left Ventricular Remodelling after Myocardial Infarction


    • Jane Oliver
      National Heart Foundation - Travel Grant
      Travel to Emerging Infections Diseases and Surveillance 2016 meeting


    • Dr Nevil Pierse
      Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
      2016 Science Investment – Housing First


    • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      The international tax regime as a health determinant: promoting health through fair international taxation


    • Dr Nevil Pierse
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Long term outcomes of periviable births in New Zealand


    • Dr Sarah Donovan
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Exploring the hidden impact of Primary Dysmenorrhea on New Zealand women: Towards optimal measurement


    • Dr Ruth Cunningham
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Understanding mental health service use in later life in New Zealand


    • Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Ethnic differences in energy metabolism among New Zealanders


    • Dr Elliot Bell
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Characteristics of forensic “Special Patients”, and their clinical, functional, and offending outcomes following rehabilitation


    • Dr Sally Rose
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      STI Partner Notification Research Programme: Patient perspectives on telling partners


    • Professor Richard Edwards and Dr Marie Russell
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Tracking the history of public health action through Public Health Champions’ life stories


    • Dr Maria Stubbe
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      ‘When you’re 85, then I’ll call you old’: Age and identity in health care interactions


    • Dr Jonathan Kennedy
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Post-settlement refugee-like migrants and refugees, a comparative primary care health analysis


    • Associate Professor Simon Hales
      2017 University of Otago Research Grant
      Influence of climate variability on the spatio-temporal distribution of zoonotic diseases


    • Dr Rebecca Grainger
      Otago Medical School Collaborative Grants
      See one, do one? Can a video training improve self-performed joint counts in rheumatoid arthritis for remote disease monitoring?


    • Dr Ben Darlow
      Otago Medical School Collaborative Grants
      Empowering people with osteoarthritis to be physically active through primary care


    • Professor Diana Sarfati
      Otago Medical School Collaborative Grants
      A feasibility study: improving management of comorbidity in patients with colorectal cancer


    • Ms Gay Dungey
      Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc.
      Peer group supervision for Radiation Therapists in New Zealand


    • Dr Mickey Fan
      National Heart Foundation of New Zealand
      Dietary nitrate on blood pressure and cerebrovascular function


    • Dr Ruth Cunningham
      National Heart Foundation of New Zealand
      Managing cardiovascular risk in people with mental illness


    • Associate Professor Will Taylor
      Arthritis New Zealand
      Life areas of relevance to people with gout, according to the (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health


    • Professor Tony Blakely
      HRC Programme Grant
      BODE3: Modelling preventive interventions to improve health and social outcomes
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/professor-tony-blakely-1


    • Associate Professor Bev Lawton
      HRC Programme Grant - Rangahau Hauora Maori
      Whanau Manaaki
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/associate-professor-beverley-lawton


    • Mr Andrew Waa
      HRC Project Grant - Rangahau Hauora Maori
      Te Ara Auahi Kore
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/mr-andrew-waa


    • Associate Professor Will Taylor
      Arthritis New Zealand
      Life areas of relevance to people with gout, according to the (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health


    • Dr Kim O'Sullivan
      Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust [Travel Grant]
      Travel to BEHAVE 2016 – 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency


    • Ana Holley
      Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust [Travel Grant]
      Travel to Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Session


    • Associate Professor Louise Signal
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lottery Health Research)
      Kids’Cam GAME study: Gambling Access and Marketing Exposure


    • Dr Angela Campbell
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lottery Health Research)
      Sleep apnoea in older adults


    • Kendall Stevenson
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      Travel to Academy Health’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM)


    • Dr Max Berry
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      New treatment options to prevent the late neurological and metabolic costs of preterm birth


    • Associate Professor Will Taylor
      University of Otago (UOW Dean’s Research Grant Round)
      Adherence to urate-lowering therapy in people with gout


    • Dr Maria Stubbe
      Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
      Conference / Research visits to Europe – UK September 2016


    • Dr Max Berry
      Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
      Near infrared spectroscopy for Monitoring brain Oxygenation in Anaemic Infants (NIMO-AI)


    • Dr Debbie Williamson
      Royal Society of New Zealand – Marsden Fund Full Proposal
      Game of clones: Unravelling biocide resistance mechanisms in Staphylococcus aureus
      for more information:
      http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/2015/11/05/game-of-clones-unravelling-antibiotic-resistance/


    • Dr Angela Ballantyne
      Royal Society of New Zealand – Marsden Fund Fast Start
      The ethics of research on clinical data and tissue without explicit patient consent


    • Associate Professor Patries Herst
      Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc
      Radiosensitization of brain tumours by perfluorocarbon nanoparticles


    • Associate Professor Shieak Tzeng
      Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
      Portable NMR sensor technology for brain oxygenation monitoring


    • Ms Bridget Robson
      Ministry of Health RFP
      Data analysis and preparation of Breast Screen Aotearoa monitoring reports


    • Associate Professor Esko Wiltshire
      University of Otago – OMS Collaborative Grant
      Do Hypoglycaemia and Sleep State impact Cardiac Autonomic Function, T-Wave Morphology and Arrhythmia risk in Youth with Type 1 diabetes?


    • Dr Rebecca Grainger
      Otago Medical School Collaborative Grants
      See one, do one? Can a video training improve self-performed joint counts in rheumatoid arthritis for remote disease monitoring?


    • Dr Ben Darlow
      Otago Medical School Collaborative Grants
      Empowering people with osteoarthritis to be physically active through primary care


    • Professor Diana Sarfati
      Otago Medical School Collaborative Grants
      A feasibility study: improving management of comorbidity in patients with colorectal cancer


    • Philippa McDowall (Post Doctoral Fellowship – Lottery Health Research)
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
      Promoting Health Sleep for children living in deprivation


    • Dr Maria Saito-Benz
      Freemasons New Zealand (Fellowship)
      Near Infrared spectroscopy for Monitoring brain Oxygenation in premature infants (NIMO)


    • Stella Vickers
      [Mentor: Dr Hera Cook]
      Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc.
      A social context approach to understanding tobacco smoking by people using Mental Health Services


    • Associate Professor Beverley Lawton
      Seqirus (NZ) Limited
      Travel to EUROGIN Medical Conference June 2016


    • Dr Amit Reddy
      Dunedin Basic Medical Science Trust
      Richard Stewart Scholarship 2016


    • Dr Max Berry
      Hawkes Bay Medical Research Foundation Inc
      Equipment Grant : Near Infrared Spectroscopy for monitoring brain Oxygenation in premature infants


    • Dr Jason Gurney
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      Preventing diabetic foot ulceration and lower-limb amputation via plantar pressure measurement: development of a randomised controlled trial


    • Associate Professor Patries Herst
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      Radiosensitisation of brain tumours by perfluorocarbons


    • Dr Sally Rose
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      STI Partner Notification Research Programme: Pilot Study


    • Ayesha Verrall
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      Characterising the immune response to Staph. aureus


    • Associate Professor Peter Larsen
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      Genetic risk scores and outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction


    • Dr Max Berry
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      Preventing the latent morbidity of premature birth: New therapeutic options for our most vulnerable patients


    • Dr Ruth Cunningham
      UOW Dean's Research Grant Round
      Cancer management in the context of severe mental illness


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    2015

    • Dr Brian Corley
      HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship
      Gut Peptides Post Bariatric Surgery: Mechanisms of Adaptive Metabolism
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-brian-corley


    • Dr Patricia Whitfield
      HRC Clinical Research Fellowship
      Ethnic differences in energy metabolism among New Zealanders
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-patricia-whitfield


    • Dr Ramona Tiatia
      HRC Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
      APPS for houses and households A4HH
      for more information:
      http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients/dr-ramona-tiatia


    • Dr Fiona Mathieson
      Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation
      Use of metaphor to enhance cognitive behaviour therapy
      for more information:
      http://www.oakleymentalhealth.co.nz/Research_Success_Stories.html


    • Dr Michael Harrison
      Campbell Barrett Trust
      A pilot study of the morphological changes in the central venous pressure wave form secondary to changes in central blood volume


    • Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir
      Cure Kids
      Genetic Epilepsy Project


    • Professor Tony Blakely
      New South Wales Cancer Council
      Evaluation of Cancer Council Report


    • Mr Andrew Waa
      BRANZ
      Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge (BBHTC)


    • Dr Giles Newton-Howes
      Vic Davis Memorial Trust
      Development of a novel intervention for early alcohol addiction in young people


    • Associate Professor Shieak Tzeng
      Capital Cardiovascular Research Trust
      Advanced Human Environmental Chamber
      for more information:
      http://www.otago.ac.nz/uow-physiology/news/otago078960.html


    • Associate Professor Shieak Tzeng
      University of Otago
      Human Environmental Chamber


    • Terry O’Donnell
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      Effect of short-term temperature changes on energy expenditure


    • Dr Diane Kenwright
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      Electron microscopic localisation of upregulated extra cellular matrix influencing gene products in colorectal carcinoma


    • Professor Julian Crane
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Gaining evidence to register a new medicine to help people quit smoking


    • Professor Tony Dowell
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Observing Communication in 'high risk' ante-natal consultations: developing a model of shared understanding


    • Associate Professor Louise Signal
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Kids'Cam Tonga: Assessing Tongan children's food environment and how best to improve it


    • Associate Professor George Thomson
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Health in international trade and investment agreements: designing international law that works for health


    • Dr Caroline Shorter
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      A new system to measure airborne levels of house dust mite allergen


    • Dr Maria Stubbe
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016 
      Understanding the lived experience of people with diabetes in New Zealand - Phase 2


    • Dr Gabrielle Jenkin
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Perspectives, experiences and decision-making among NZ Coroners investigating suicide deaths


    • Christine Barthow
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Probiotics for pre-diabetes: Pilot study


    • Julia Myers
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      The effect of fatigue on clinical performance and patient safety during critical-care aeromedical transfers


    • Associate Professor Rob Siebers
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Indoor bio-contaminants exposure in primary school classrooms


    • Dr Kristin Wickens
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016 
      Safety testing of the probiotic Iysate M.Luteus Q24 for eczema treatment

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    • Dr Thorsten Stanley
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Feasibility Study - Probiotics and Repeat Food Challenge in Food Allergic Children


    • Associate Professor Beverley Lawton
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Clinician Champions as Change Agents to Reduce Severe Maternal Morbidity


    • Dr Caroline Morris
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Piloting a tool to reduce the risk associated with non-steroidal anti-infammatory drugs in primary care


    • Dr Hera Cook
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Meeting the needs of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer people


    • Professor Richard Edwards 
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016 
      Why has adolescent smoking in New Zealand declined dramatically since 1999?


    • Dr Jason Gurney
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Risk factors for undescended testes: a pilot study


    • Associate Professor Nick Wilson
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Drink-up: An innovative approach to understanding the nature and extent of children's beverage consumption patterns


    • Associate Professor Patries Herst
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Standardized cranberry capsules and acute radiation cystitis in prostate cancer patients


    • Dr Nanette Schleich
      University of Otago Research Grants 2016
      Spectral CT for pre-clincal research into brain cancer treatments


    • Dr Moira Smith
      New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation
      Exploring oral health care planning and service delivery models for dependent older adults in aged residential care facilities: feasibility and acceptability in the aged-care sector
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    • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Programme ($4,943,710)
      He Kainga Oranga: translating housing research to practice for children’s health
      Investigator/s: Prof Julian Crane, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Christopher Cunningham, Prof Robyn Phipps, A/Prof Ralph Chapman, Dr Michael Keall, Dr Nevil Pierse, Dr Caroline Shorter, A/Prof Rob Siebers, Dr Ramona Tiatia, Dr Amanda Kvalsvig, Ms Cheryl Davies, Ms Elinor Chisholm, Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard, Ms Sarah Bierre, Ms Kay Saville-Smith, Mr Nicholas Preval, Dr Julie Bennett, Dr Mikael Boulic, Dr Guy Coulson, Ms Sara Fraser, Ms Helen Viggers, Dr Kimberley O’Sullivan, Dr Caroline Shaw
      Children spend more time inside their homes than adults and are vulnerable to prolonged exposure to poor housing. In the NEST trial we will insulate and warm newborn babies’ homes and provide them with feather duvets. In the SHELTER trial we will provide wrap-around housing and welfare services for children who have been hospitalised. The Rental WoF will compare the effect on tenants’ health and the rental supply in two areas where councils signal their intention to enforce rental standards with two control councils.


    • Dr Donna Cormack
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Rangahau Hauora Maori ($334,994) 
      Te Whakahawea Tangata: Decoding discrimination
      Investigator/s: Dr Ricci Harris, Dr James Stanley, Ms Ruruhira Rameka
      Approaches to Maori health recognise the connectedness of individuals and collectives, both with each other and with their environments (physical and nonphysical). Discrimination represents a threat to Maori health and wellbeing by creating health-damaging social environments. This project will undertake a comprehensive analysis of secondary data from Te Kupenga, the first Maori social survey by Statistics New Zealand. It aims to explore the role of discrimination as a health determinant for Maori by examining multiple forms and experiences of discrimination, relationships to a range of wellbeing domains (including cultural and whanau wellbeing measures), and potential buffers of this relationship. The large sample allows the most in-depth understanding of discrimination for Maori to date, expanding the evidence base from which to develop policies and interventions, informing both long-term interventions to eliminate discrimination, as well as short- and medium-term interventions to mitigate the negative health impacts of discrimination for Maori.


    • Professor Julian Crane
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Project ($1,196,068)
      Carrageenan for the reduction of asthma exacerbations in adults
      Investigator/s: Dr Kristin Wickens, Dr Caroline Shorter, Dr Nevil Pierse, Dr Claire Honeywill, Mrs Janice Kang, Mrs Phillipa Barnes
      New Zealand has high rates of asthma and hospitalisations for asthma. Viral respiratory infections are the most common cause of asthma exacerbations in both children and adults. Preliminary laboratory and clinical evidence points to carrageenan nasal spray (an extract of red seaweed) being a potentially exciting new treatment for cold virus infections. This study will investigate how effective using a nasal spray containing carrageenan is as a treatment against the development of asthma exacerbations caused by rhinovirus cold infections, in adults with a history of severe asthma exacerbations. The use of carrageenan during a cold has been demonstrated to reduce the severity of cold symptoms by reducing viral load; we believe that this reduction will also decrease asthma exacerbations.


    • Professor Richard Edwards
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Project ($1,199,815)
      Safety on steps: A randomised controlled trial
      Investigator/s: Prof Philip Gendall, Dr James Stanley, Mr Andrew Waa, Dr Heather Gifford, Prof Janet Hoek
      We will initiate a NZ arm of the ITC project - a leading international tobacco control collaboration. The aim is to support the achievement of NZ’s Smokefree2025 goal and promote equal enjoyment of the health, social and economic benefits that follow among Māori, Pacific peoples, and lower SES groups. We will establish a cohort of smokers and recent quitters who will be followed up over time to explore patterns of behaviours (e.g. quitting, relapse, use of e-cigarettes) and identify their determinants and outcomes. We will evaluate the impact of interventions within the cohort and through cross-country comparisons with other ITC countries, including an indigenous cohort in Australia. We will include adjunct studies to investigate emerging issues in more depth, focusing on Māori and Pacific smokers. Understanding smokers’ varied and emerging behaviours and evaluating interventions will help monitor of progress towards, and the develop strategies to achieve, the Smokefree 2025 goal.


    • Dr Tristram Ingham
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Project ($1,199,724)
      Whakapai e te Ara Hā: A health literacy approach to tamariki asthma
      Investigator/s: Mrs Bernadette Jones, Dr Cherryl Smith, Ms Cheryl Davies, Prof Innes Asher, Ms Susan Reid, Dr Fiona Cram, Dr Guy Scott
      Asthma currently affects 26 per cent of New Zealand children, a rate that is amongst the highest in the world. The inequalities in asthma outcomes for Māori tamariki are striking, and have increased in recent decades. Māori have significantly higher rates of hospitalisation and are receiving less preventative care. Few studies have investigated asthma issues affecting Māori and none have researched interventions specifically for Māori children. This Kaupapa Māori project will investigate the effectiveness of a tailored, culturally appropriate, health literacy-based intervention using Māori nurse ‘Navigators’ to support and empower whānau with asthma management. The single-blinded, multicentre, randomised controlled trial will enrol children hospitalised with asthma in Whanganui and Wellington, and assess outcomes such as emergency department presentations, quality of life, and medication use over a 12-month period. This innovative community partnership initiative will provide evidence supporting the implementation of culturally responsive services to improve asthma outcomes for Māori children across New Zealand.


    • Associate Professor Michael Keall
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Project ($1,199,815)
      Safety on steps: A randomised controlled trial
      Investigator/s: Prof Philippa Howden-Chapman, Prof Michael Baker, Dr Nevil Pierse
      Of all ACC claims for injury in the home, almost half are falls (loss of balance or slipping). A recently completed RCT (the ground-breaking HIPI study) has shown that repairs to home injury hazards prevent approximately 26 per cent of all ACC-reported fall injuries. That study did not have the power to show how effective any of the particular home modifications studied were.

      This proposed follow-up study will fill that gap by focusing on modifications to steps accessing front doors of homes. The modifications tested will include the provision of outside lighting, slip-resistant high-visibility edging to steps, and handrails. Houses with certain step hazards will be identified by trained surveyors and then randomised to treatment and control groups. Repairs will then be made to the homes of consenting households by qualified builders. Counts of ACC claims for fall-related injuries, particularly those specifically on steps, will be the outcome measure assessed.


    • Dr Max Berry
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant ($149,941)
      Premature celebration? The late effects of early birth
      Premature birth is common and the short-term health risks well recognised. In recent years the late-effects of premature birth, including increased cardiovascular risk, have started to emerge.

      Disentangling the effects of prematurity from the events that led to preterm birth in the first place, and from the effects of lifestyle factors that emerge between birth and adulthood is challenging. Additionally, prematurity-associated cardiovascular risk may reflect an increased susceptibility to common cardiovascular stressors (such as dietary salt) in those born early.

      Animal models enable separation of these key variables.

      Adult guinea pigs born preterm or at term will be studied using a range of techniques to establish how blood pressure and other fundamental cardiovascular parameters change with increasing age with, or without, increased dietary salt exposure. This will provide the mechanistic insight necessary to inform clinical trials so that survivors of preterm birth aren’t disadvantaged by increased morbidity throughout their life.


    • Dr Sally Rose
      Health Research Council of NZ - 2015 HRC Feasibility Study ($145,326)
      Facilitating partner notification and rescreening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in primary care
      Investigator/s: A/Prof Sue Pullon; Ms Susan Garrett; Dr Jane Kennedy; Ms Kimberly Lund; Ms Catherine Hutchings
      Sexual health guidelines recommend partner notification (tracking and treating the sexual contacts of those diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections, STIs) and rescreening 3-months post-treatment be routinely undertaken. Most primary care clinicians rely on index patients to inform their partner(s) about possible infection with no further follow-up on outcomes. Changes are needed within primary care to facilitate these important processes to reduce re-infection, interrupt transmission and the health consequences of untreated STIs. This feasibility study involves a survey of GPs/practice nurses, analysis of laboratory data and an audit at Wellington Sexual Health Service to inform the design of an RCT (outcome measures, sample size, duration). The primary care based RCT would compare the effectiveness and costeffectiveness of partner notification and rescreening when delivered by a practice nurse or sexual health advisor. This study sets the scene for reductions in the incidence, prevalence and adverse health consequences of STIs in New Zealand.
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    • Dr William Levack
      Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
      SOL-SCI: Science camp for primary and intermediate school girls in provincial New Zealand


    • Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard 
      Massey University / BRANZ 
      The New Zealand Rental Sector: Who rents what, where and from whom?


    • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
      Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 
      Regenerating suburbs through integrated housing and transport planning: Building future housing and future streets in Mangere Central


    • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman 
      Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
      He Tipu Manahau: Building Resilience Among Urban Maori


    • Dr Sally Rose
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
      A new approach to managing partner notification and testing for reinfection: Acceptability and feasibility of a shared care approach to STI management in primary care


    • Associate Professor Rob Siebers
      Air Matters Limited
      Rat and mouse allergen analysis


    • Dr Diane Kenwright & Dr Sarah Barton
      Cancer Society of New Zealand, Wellington Division Inc.
      Ki67 and Mitotic count in endocrine sensitive early breast cancer


    • Dr Diane Kenwright & Ms Angela Jones
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      Does malignant melanoma harbour BRAF mutations that are currently not detectable yet treatable?


    • Dr Debbie Williamson
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      From genotype to phenotype: Unravelling antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus


    • Dr Max Berry
      Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
      Premature Birth and the Pancreas: The impact of preterm birth on adult metabolic dysfunction


    • Dr Amanda Kvalsvig
      Ministry of Health (MOH) 
      RFQ Child Health Literature Review


    • Professor Pete Ellis & Professor Tony Dowell  
      Health Promotion Agency
      Anxiety Evidence Paper for the National Depression Initiative


    • Merrin Rutherford
      [Mentor: Associate Professor Andrew Harrison]
       
      Arthritis New Zealand
      Arthritis NZ Rheumatology Trust Fund Scholarship


    • Professor Richard Edwards
      Auckland Uniservices Ltd (Tabacco Control Research Turanga)
      Maori, Pacific and Policy expert perceptions of the Smokefree 2025 goal and policies for achieving it
       
    • Associate Professor George Thomson
      Auckland Uniservices Ltd (Tabacco Control Research Turanga)
      Smokefree Central Wellington
       
    • Associate Professor George Thomson 
      Hutt Valley Health DHB
      Wainuiomata Smokefree Report
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    • Mr Philip Allan
      [Mentor: Dr Shieak Tzeng]
      Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
      STABLe – Stroke Therapy aimed at Blood Pressure Lability Reduction
       
    • Dr Ruth Cunningham
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
      Improving the breast cancer journey for women with experience of mental illness
       
    • Dr Shieak Tzeng (Equipment Grant)
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
      Advanced Human Environment Chamber
       
    • Mr Philip Allan
      [Mentor: Dr Shieak Tzeng] 

      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
      Understanding the Determinants of Cerebral Perfusion Stability for Improved Neurocritical Care
       
    • Dr Sara Filoche 
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
      First steps towards non-invasive antenatal screening in New Zealand
       
    • Dr Jeremy Krebbs 
      New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
      Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) Scanner
       
    • Associate Professor Stewart Mann 
      Capital Cardiovascular Trust
      Audit on status of Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk in New Zealand
       
    • Dr Shieak Tzeng 
      Capital Cardiovascular Trust
      Equipment for Advanced Human Environment Chamber
       
    • Dr Anna Pilbrow 
      Capital Cardiovascular Trust
      Identifying candidate microRNA biomarkers for ischaemic stroke
       
    • Dr Jeremy Krebbs 
      Capital Cardiovascular Trust
      Ethnic differences in energy metabolism among New Zealanders
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      2014

      • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman (2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize)
        Royal Society of New Zealand
        He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme
        For more information:
        http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago083601.html
        http://www.pmscienceprizes.org.nz/winners-2014-the-prime-ministers-science-prize/


      • Ms Jane Oliver (PhD Scholarship)
        [Mentor: Professor Michael Baker]
        New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
        Could improving homes prevent children developing GAS pharyngitis and rheumatic fever?


      • Ms Kim O’Sullivan (Post-Doctoral Fellowship)
        [Mentor: Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman]
        New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lotteries Health Research)
        Cool? The insights and experiences of New Zealand youths living in, or at risk of, fuel poverty.


      • Dr Rebecca Grainger
        AbbVie Limited
        Mobile app for patient reported assessments will improve the quality of care in rheumatoid arthritis


      • Dr Angela Campbell
        Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
        Energy income and expenditure before and after continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)


      • Associate Professor Dawn Elder
        Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
        Goodnight Kiwi: Kei te moe ngā mokopuna?


      • Dr Sara Filoche
        Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
        Travel to the Sandpit Meeting in Samoa to develop diagnostic testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HPV immunisation programme


      • Dr Susanna Every-Palmer
        Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
        Antipsychotic induced gastrointestinal hypomotility


      • Dr Rebecca Grainger
        Henry Cotton Trust
        Mobile app for patient reported assessments will improve the quality of care in rheumatoid arthritis


      • Mr Philip Allan (Travel Grant)
        [Mentor: Dr Shieak Tzeng]
        The National Heart Foundation
        Travel to the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, USA


      • Dr Shieak Tzeng (Travel Grant)
        The National Heart Foundation 
        Travel to the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, USA


      • Dr Susanna Every-Palmer
        Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
        Antipsychotic induced gastrointestinal hypomotility


      • Ms Philippa McDowall
        Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
        Goodnight Kiwi: Kei te moe ngā tamariki?


      • Denise Steers
        Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG)
        Gender bender, mender or defender? Disorder of Sex Development -Navigating clinical decision making in the New Zealand context
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      • Dr Patries Herst
        Cancer Society of New Zealand (Wellington Division)
        CSNZ Training Scholarship



        • Professor Michael Baker
          UORG 2015
          Understanding and preventing recurrent paediatric admissions in New Zealand


        • Dr Max Berry
          UORG 2015
          Determinants of the late metabolic cost of preterm birth


        • Professor Sunny Collings
          UORG 2015
          RCT of an Ultra-Brief Intervention to manage common mental health problems in primary care


        • Dr Rebecca Grainger
          UORG 2015
          Mobile app for patient reported assessments will improve the quality of care in rheumatoid arthritis


        • Dr Benjamin Gray
          UORG 2015
          Integrating Health Navigation and Interpreter Services for Patients with Limited English Proficiency


        • Ms Lesley Gray
          UORG 2015
          Let's Talk: assessing the impact of a simple primary care intervention on weight management


        • Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho
          UORG 2015
          Developing a measure of hopefulness for Maori youth suicide prevention research and interventions


        • Dr Helen Moriarty
          UORG 2015
          Having cancer in a foreign country: Increasing health literacy in refugees and migrants with cancer


        • Dr Caroline Morris
          UORG 2015
          Reducing the risk associated with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in primary care


        • Dr Giles Newton-Howes
          UORG 2015 
          Non-physiological mechanisms influencing disulfiram treatment of alcohol use disorder: A ground theory study


        • Associate Professor Sue Pullon
          UORG 2015
          Youth health: investigating collaborative care across health agencies


        • Dr Sally Rose
          UORG 2015
          Is the rising popularity of long-acting contraception impacting on Chlamydia rates?


        • Dr Shieak Tzeng
          UORG 2015
          Prevention of ischaemic neurovascular injury through enhanced nitric oxide bioavailability


        • Mr Andrew Waa 
          UORG 2015
          A prototype survey tool to monitor wellbeing and social resilience to natural hazards


        • Dr Deborah Williamson 
          UORG 2015 
          Understanding the emergence and spread of fusidic acid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in New Zealand

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        • Dr Shieak Tzeng – Small Project
          The National Heart Foundation
          STABLe – Stroke Therapy Aimed at Blood Pressure Liability Reduction


        • Mr Mickey (Jui-Lin) Fan - NHF Fellowship
          [Mentor: Dr Shieak Tzeng]
          The National Heart Foundation
          The role of nitric oxide bioavailability enhancement in acute stroke


        • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
          Ecole des Ingenieurs de la Ville de Paris (EIVP)
          MoU with EIVP for Potential Projects


        • Professor Tony Dowell : Virginia Signal
          Integrated Practice Guidelines Evaluation


        • Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard : BRANZ 
          Effects of proprietary mechanised home ventilation systems on health


        • Ms Bridget Robson : Ministry of Health RFP
          Health Needs Assessment


        • Professor Tony Dowell : KPMG
          Review of Youth Mental Health Project


        • Ms Emily Thomas [Mentor: Dr William Levack]
          BSRM British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine
          Postgraduate Bursary


        • Associate Professor Sue Pullon
          Malatest International Consulting and Advisory Services Limited
          Expert advice relating to the evaluation of the Regular Practice Review Programme


        • Dr Sarah Gordon : Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
          What works: positive experiences in open employment of mental health users


        • Mr Nirmal Aryal - PhD Fellowship
          [Mentor: Associate Professor Stewart Mann]
          Capital Cardiovascular Research Trust
          Cardiovascular risk in high altitude people of Nepal


        • Dr Max Berry : The Neonatal Trust
          Donation from the Neonatal Trust, Wellington


        • Mr Philip Smith - Endeavour Teacher Fellowship
          [Mentor: Ms Bridget Robson]
          The Royal Society of New Zealand 
          Using Statistics to improve Māori Health

        • Associate Professor Rob Siebers - Translational Research
          New Zealand Lottery Grants Board - Lottery Health
          Umbilical Cord Serum Cytokines and the Development of Atopic Dermatitis in Infancy


        • Associate Professor Dawn Elder - Research Equipment 
          New Zealand Lottery Grants Board - Lottery Health
          Equipment grant for Masimo RAD-8 oximeters and software


        • Dr Max Berry - Research Equipment 
          New Zealand Lottery Grants Board - Lottery Health
          Equipment grant to purchase Radio-telemetry data acquisition system


        • Dr Kate Amore – Translational Research
          New Zealand Lottery Grants Board - Lottery Health
          Severe housing deprivation 2013


        • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
          New Zealand Green Building Council
          Rental Property Building Warrant of Fitness Field Test


        • Associate Professor Rob Siebers : Maurice & Phyllis Pakel Trust
          Travel to Annual Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Copenhagen, Denmark 2014


        • Associate Professor Rob Siebers : Air Matters Ltd 
          Air sample analysis


        • Associate Professor Bev Lawton and Women Health Research Centre 
          HRC Research Project - RHM ($1,199,999) 
          Addressing avoidable harm suffered by Māori babies
          Investigator/s: Dr Fiona Cram; Ms Charrissa Makowharemahihi; Prof Stacie Geller; Dr Jane Macdonald; Dr Sara Filoche; Dr James Stanley; Dr Peter Abels; Ms Bridget Robson; Dr Maggie Meeks; Ms Selena Brown
          The babies of Māori women experience nearly twice the burden of potentially avoidable death, than the babies of New Zealand European mothers. Severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) is strongly associated with maternal mortality, stillbirth and neonatal death and harm, particularly for Māori. Our research into maternal morbidity has shown a high stillbirth rate and 22 per cent of live babies had oxygen deprivation– potentially leading to brain damage. For Māori the overall goal of this proposal is to study the causes, consequences and preventability of poor fetal and infant outcomes for women who have had a SAMM event using expert case review and whanau interviews in order to reduce the impact of this harm for the Māori infant and their whanau. The results from this project will lead to clinical and educational interventions to reduce preventable Māori fetal/infant harm and mortality and reduce the immediate and on-going impact on their whanau.


        • Associate Professor Diana Sarfati 
          HRC Research Project - IOACC ($1,199,968)
          Multimorbidity: The most common chronic condition of all
          Investigator/s: Dr James Stanley; Prof Ross Lawreson; Assoc. Prof Dee Mangin; Prof Tony Dowell; Dr Jason Gurney; Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann; Ms Cheryl Davies; Dr Chris Cameron; Ms Claire McSherry; Ms Michelle Abraham; Assoc. Prof Louise Signal
          Multimorbidity is the coexistence of more than one chronic disease. Multimorbidity results in high health service use, competing demands on patients and health care professionals, reduced quality of life and higher mortality, with greater impact for Māori and Pacific people, and those living in deprived areas. Research focused on multimorbidity is scarce internationally and almost non-existent in New Zealand. The aims of the research project are to 1) describe the prevalence, patterns and impact of multimorbidity in New Zealand using routinely collected data; 2) understand and describe patients' understanding of, and experience of living with multimorbidity, using focus groups, in-depth interviews and a survey of patients with multimorbidity; and 3) develop interventions aimed at reducing the impact of multimorbidity in New Zealand including identifying best clinical practice models, focused amendment of clinical guidelines and identification of pro-equity interventions. Our aim is to improve health outcomes for patients with multimorbidity.


        • Dr Ninya Maubach
          HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant ($109,940)
          Heuristics in the supermarket: Do food labels support healthy choices?
          Investigator/s: Prof Janet Hoek
          Please see website for more information:
          http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/news/otago074360.html


        • Professor Julian Crane
          HRC Feasibility Study ($98,614)
          Prevention of the common cold with Topical Nasal Carrageenan
          Investigator/s: Dr Caroline Shorter, Dr Nevil Pierse
          We propose a feasibility randomised control trial (RCT) to investigate the novel antiviral efficacy of topical nasal Iota Carageenan as a protective agent against the development of colds caused by rhinovirus. We hypothesise that the regular prophylactic administration of Iota Carageenan will reduce the incidence of symptomatic rhinovirus infections by blocking the binding of virus particles to nasal epithelial cells, as demonstrated in in-vitro studies. If successful, the feasibility study data will be used as the basis of a larger HRC application to examine whether Iota Carageenan can reduce rhinovirus infections amongst at risk asthmatic patients.


        • Associate Professor Jean Hay-Smith 
          The University Court of Glasgow Caledonian University
          HTA Project: OPAL optimal PFMT for Adherence Long-Term


        • Professor Sunny Collings : Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC)
          Atlas of Healthcare Variation Methodology Research


        • Dr Sara Filoche : Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
          Antibiotic resistance and childhood hospital admissions: A concern for urinary tract infections?
          This study is to (1) determine the incidence of antibiotic resistance in childhood hospital admissions for urinary tract infections, and (2) to characterise molecular epidemiology, resistance genes and virulence determinants of Escherirchina coli isolated from children admitted to hospital for urinary tract infections.


        • Dr Gabrielle Jenkin : Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC)
          Suicide Mortality Review Feasibility Trial 
        • Ms Lucy Telfar-Barnard : Asthma Foundation of New Zealand
          Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand
           
        • Professor Tony Dowell  
          Integrated Practice Guidelines Evaluation
          This project is to evaluation the implementation of guidelines which have been produced for Primary Health Providers to improve Māori oral health outcomes.
           
        • Dr Sally Rose - Small Project Grant 
          ISTAR Ltd
          Same-day LARC insertion at abortion clinics: Are there regional differences in access or uptake in New Zealand?
           
        • Dr Sally Rose – Small Project Grant
          Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
          Small Project Grant - Is the rising popularity of long-acting contraception impacting on Chlamydia rates?
           
        • Mr Philip Allan [Mentor: Dr Shieak Tzeng]
          Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc (WMRF)
          WMRF Travel Grant - Travel to the Medical Science Congress 2014 
           
        • Associate Professor Bev Lawton and Women Health Research Centre
          BioCSL
          Donation for on-going research in Women’s Health Research centre
           
        • Dr Tristram Ingham : Janssen Research and Development
          (Contract) with Department of Microbiology, Dunedin – ObservRSV0004

        2013

        • Prof Sunny Collings : Health Quality & Safety Commission
          HQSC Suicide review project
          Please see website for more information:
          http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/news-and-events/news/1242/


        • Prof Sunny Collings : Wellington Medical Research Foundation
          RCT of an ultra-brief intervention for common mental health syndromes in primary care


        • Dr Shieak Tzeng : Wellington Medical Research Foundation
          STABLe – Stroke Therapy Aimed at Blood Pressure Lability Reduction


        • Professor Michael Baker : ESR (NIH Grant) Year 3
          SHIVERS (Southern Hemisphere Influenza, Vaccine Effectiveness, Research and Surveillance)
          Please see website for more information:
          http://www.esr.cri.nz/COMPETENCIES/SHIVERS/Pages/default.aspx


        • Dr Michael Keall : Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
          Home Injury Prevention Intervention (HIPI)


        • Professor Sunny Collings : University of Otago Research Grant
          What drives clinical decision making for children born with a Disorder of Sex Development (DSD)?


        • Dr Caroline Shorter : University of Otago Research Grant
          Use of nasal Iota Carrageenan spray in the prevention of rhinovirus cold infection


        • Dr Max Berry : University of Otago Research Grant
          The long term cardiovascular implications of preterm birth


        • Dr Mark Huthwaite : University of Otago Research Grant
          Weight Gain in Long Stay Psychiatric Inpatient Units 


        • Dr Fi Graham : University of Otago Research Grant
          Intervention Fidelity: Occupational Performance Coaching


        • Dr Helen Moriarty : University of Otago Research Grant
          Demystifying addiction recovery


        • Dr Sara Filoche : University of Otago Research Grant
          Baby blues?: Exploring maternal mental health of young Māori women


        • Professor Tony Dowell : University of Otago Research Grant
          Improving child health: innovative ways of assessing injury morbidity and service use in primary care
           
        • Associate Professor Sue Pullon : University of Otago Research Grant
          Collaborative care across health agencies for patients with chronic conditions: an exploratory study
           
        • Dr Angela Ballantyne : University of Otago Research Grant
          Research during pregnancy: what do women think about participation?
           
        • Dr Gabrielle Jenkin : University of Otago Research Grant
          The effects of change in coronial attitude and practice on suicide news reporting in NZ
           
        • Dr Maria Stubbe : University of Otago Research Grant
          Understanding the lived experience of people with diabetes in New Zealand: a narrative inquiry
           
        • Dr Kristin Wickens : Nurture Foundation
          Cord blood collection in the Probiotics in Pregnancy study
           
        • Professor Kevin Pringle : Surgical Trust; Phil & Teds Award and Johnson & Johnson Award
          Studies on the effect of bladder outlet obstruction on the development of the kidneys and bladder in the fetal lamb
           
        • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman : MBIE
          NZ/EU Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC)
          Delegation Funding
           
        • Bernadette Jones : $ 150,000 RFP Jointly Funded by Asthma Foundation and the Ministry of Health
          Asthma Health Literacy for Maori
          Investigators: Dr Tristram Ingham, Ms Cheryl Davies, Mrs Susan Reid, Dr William Levack, Ms Bridget Robson
          This research will investigate the current health literacy barriers and facilitators in the management of asthma for Māori children up to 18 years. The aim is to highlight any approaches for Health Practitioners that may better support health literacy for parents and children managing asthma in New Zealand. This research will provide recommendations to enhance asthma education and improve the effectiveness of asthma support.
           
        • Associate Professor Bev Lawton and Women Health Research Centre : $1,199,906 HRC grant – Annual funding Round
          Addressing the burden and preventability of severe acute maternal morbidity
          Pregnant Māori women and their children are more likely to suffer harm and death than non-Māori women. Severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) occurs in more than 1% of all pregnant women and is associated with considerable personal and public health care costs. Our previous research suggests that Māori women may be at increased risk of preventable SAMM. The proposed study will examine the reasons why some pregnant women become severely ill, whether the severity of disease is preventable, and what impact any disproportionate burden of harm has on Māori women, their whānau, and the health service. This work will highlight the importance of keeping women at risk of a SAMM event from progressing along the continuum of morbidity. The overall goal of this proposal is to study causes and consequences of preventable severe acute maternal morbidities to reduce the impact of severe harm for pregnant Māori women and their whānau.
           
        • Bernadette Jones : $1,199,064 - HRC grant – Annual funding Round
          He Kura: Asthma Support for Maori Tamariki at School
          Other Investigators: Dr Tristram Ingham, Dr Cherryl Smith, Ms Cheryl Davies, Dr Fiona Cram, Mrs Genevieve Bryant, Ms Bridget Robson, Mr Gordon Purdie
          Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease affecting up to one in four NZ children. Significant ethnic disparities exist for Māori in asthma related illness, with Māori children twice as likely to be hospitalised as non-Māori. The ways in which schools support a child with asthma can have a significant impact on their overall asthma control and affect the child’s ability to learn. Strategies to improve asthma management in NZ schools have not been investigated and no national policy exists to guide schools. Under a Kaupapa Māori methodology, and in partnership with Māori community providers and governmental agencies, we will assess a Māori-centred, school-based asthma intervention to improve outcomes for children with asthma. This will result in the development of an evidence-based, asthma toolkit for primary schools which will reduce asthma disparities, inform health-in-education policy, and act as a template for the management of other chronic conditions in schools.

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        • Dr Ninya Maubach (Dept. of Marketing , Otago – Member of ASPIRE 2025 group) : National Heart Foundation Fellowship
          Heuristics in the supermarket: Designing nutrition labels that help consumers make healthier choices
           
        • Prof Tony Blakely : MOH Contract
          NZCMS/ Cancertrends 2006-11
          Other Investigators: June Atkinson


        • Led by Dr Kyle Perrin out of MRINZ with Professor Richard Beasley : HRC grant – Annual funding Round
          RCT of invasive versus conservative treatment of pneumothorax



        • Professor Tony Blakely & Associate Professor Louise Signal : $1.64 Million over 5 years Part of HRC Programme Grant – Assoc. Prof. P Cliona Ni Mhurchu
          Effective interventions and policies to improve population nutrition and health
          Please see website for more information:
          http://www.nihi.auckland.ac.nz/page/news/recent-news/5m-nutrition-research-latest-hrc-funding-round


        • Professor Tony Blakely : $72,000 HRC grant – Annual funding Round
          Preventable Maori Mortality
          Other Investigators: Led by Andrew Sporle University of Auckland


        • Professor Mark Weatherall : $80,902 HRC grant – Annual funding Round (Subcontract)
          Living well with a long term neurological condition
          Other Investigators : Led by Prof Kathryn McPherson AUT , Dr Matire Harwood, Dr Nicola Kayes, Assoc Prof Paula Kersten, Prof Mark Weatherall, Dr Suzie Mudge, Dr Janice Chesters, Dr Deborah Payne, Dr Bruce Kent, Dr Laura Wilkinson-Meyers, Dr Debbie Snell, Dr Peter Gow
          Please see website for more information:
          http://www.aut.ac.nz/research/research-institutes/hrrc/research-activities/personrehab/person-centred-research-centre-research-activites
           
        • Professor Mark Weatherall : $19,500 HRC grant – Annual funding Round (Subcontract)
          Improving participatory outcomes in TBI: a feasibility study
          Other Investigators : Led by Paula Kersten AUT
           
        • Bridget Robson : $181,000 MOH RFP
          BSA Māori Monitoring III
          Other Investigators : Dr James Stanley, Ms Jeanine Stairmand, Ruruhira Rameka
          Production of Breast Screen Aotearoa monitoring reports
           
        • Dr Donna Cormack : $126,465 MOH RFP
          Ethnicity Data Audit Tool for Hospitals
           
        • Dr Brent Caldwell : $757,466 MOH Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Fund
          Taking the best NRT direct to smokers
          This project will test the feasibility and effectiveness of a new treatment model based on the latest research evidence. To reach the 2025 goal, a large cost-effective community-based workforce of trained cessation workers will be required. This model includes a method for rapidly training non-medical people to become expert cessation coaches; a method for engaging with smokers who are not currently reached by conventional cessation services; and a technique for helping more smokers to use NRT and use it more effectively. The model will be tested in a wide range of locations and services to ensure that it can be readily used by treatment providers throughout New Zealand to achieve the 2025 vision.
           
        • ASPIRE 2025 group
          Prof Janet Hoek : $503,000 (Led from Dept. of Marketing Dunedin) HRC grant – Annual Funding round
          SMIRQ: Smokefree Messages: Interpretations, Responses and Quitting
          New evidence suggests smoking addiction occurs primarily among young adults, whose smoking prevalence, particularly among Māori and Pacific, remains disproportionately high. While on-pack warnings promote quit attempts among some smokers, cessation rates could be enhanced if these warnings better recognised and influenced the very different sub-groups within the wider smoker population. This project will extend our pilot studies, apply international findings to New Zealand, and test how young adult non-smokers, smokers, and recent quitters interpret and respond to social, denormalisation, SHS, and health warning themes.

          The proposed mixed-methods study will provide an evidence base that results in more effective on-pack warnings and campaigns linked to these. The results will, for the first time, inform use of more targeted and salient messages that better address inequalities. New measures to deter initiation, encourage cessation, and maintain new smokefree behaviours among this group will be pivotal in realising the Tupeka Kore 2025 goal.

          Please see website for more information:
          http://aspire2025.org.nz/
           
        • ASPIRE 2025 group
          Associate Professor George Thomson: $ 24,973 Cancer Society of New Zealand (Wellington Division)
          Mapping smoking in Wellington streets around bars and cafés to inform smokefree outdoor policies
          Smoking is a major contributor to the cancer burden in New Zealand and there remains a critical need to advance smokefree policies as part of achieving the smokefree nation by 2025 goal. Outdoor smoking continues to normalise smoking, cause harm to health, is a public nuisance and contributes to litter and cleaning costs. Fortunately, local government in New Zealand is progressing smokefree policies – but often without adequate research evidence to optimise the approaches being adopted. To inform policy development, it is useful for officials, planners and policy makers to know how many smokers are present in particular types of outdoor public places. This helps them determine the options and solutions for denormalising smoking in cities, and for reducing the associated health hazards, litter and pollution from second-hand smoke and discarded butts. In particular, smoking outside bars and restaurants appears to be important for hindering successful quitting and for normalising smoking for young people.

          In this project we will observe and map the number and location of smokers on pavements outside a selection of bars and cafés in downtown Wellington. These data will be analysed and recommendations made for the options for progress with smokefree policies by local governments.

          Please see website for more information:
          http://aspire2025.org.nz/
           
        • Professor Tony Dowell : $ 51,200 Lotteries Health Committee Annual Round
          The morbidity patterns of childhood illness in general practice
          Other Investigators Jayden MacRae, Nikki Turner, Lynn McBain, Tom Love, Maria Stubbe
          This research aims to reduce the morbidity of common childhood illnesses by providing an accurate picture of the morbidity patterns of common childhood illness seen in general practice (GP) settings and utilisation of current services. The project will apply a novel method of interrogating computerised general practice management (PMS) systems to assess the prevalence and current management of skin infections, respiratory illness and injury in children (0-18 years). The research utilises a partnership between academic researchers and a large primary care management services organisation to offer the ready translation of the research findings into clinical and organisational decision making.
           
        • Dr Inga O’Brien : $26,800 Lotteries Health Committee Annual Round
          Self-management support in cancer care
          Due to improvements in care, the cancer journey often lasts many years for survivors who routinely manage cancer-related side-effects and sometimes complex medication regimes. Research is needed to evaluate supportive care approaches that can better enable individuals and families/whānau to partner with health professionals during cancer survivorship. This study borrows an approach from primary care and transplants it to the cancer treatment context, to support people experiencing health complexity become better self-managers. A three-stage approach will assess the acceptability, feasibility and utility of a self-management and care planning intervention delivered during outpatient cancer treatment for people affected by cancer.

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        • Associate Professor George Thomson : $20,000 Asthma & Respiratory Foundation Annual Round
          Using public comment on smokefree outdoor places to inform national and local government policy making: A qualitative study of online discussions


        • Professor Julian Crane : $33,833 Asthma & Respiratory Foundation Annual Round
          A new measurement system for fungal exposure: Are levels of qPCR fungi linked to new onset asthma in NZ children?


        • Dr Max Berry : $5,000 Anaesthetic Trust; CCDHB
          The impact of changes in mechanical ventilation and systemic perfusion on brain blood flow and oxygenation in sheep


        • Dr Max Berry : $5,000 Neonatal Special Funds; CCDHB
          The impact of changes in mechanical ventilation and systemic perfusion on brain blood flow and oxygenation in sheep


        • Dr Max Berry : $48,000 UOW Equipment grant
          Portable USS machine for physiology lab


        • Dr Max Berry : Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc. March 2013 Round
          The impact of changes in mechanical ventilation and systemic perfusion on brain blood flow and oxygenation in sheep
          Please see website for more information:
          http://wmrf.co.nz/projects/
           
        • Dr Shieak Tzeng : Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc. March 2013 Round
          Defining the role of arterial elasticity in the regulation of cerebral blood flow 
          Please see website for more information:
          http://wmrf.co.nz/projects/
           
        • Dr Sara Filoche : Travel grant to BMJ conference England
           
        • Louise Delany : Law Foundation
          Public Health Law: research project


        • Dr Sara Filoche : Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
          Travel grant to BMJ conference England


        • Dr Angela Campbell : Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust
          OSA symptoms in children of adults diagnosed with OSA


        • Dr Michael Harrision : J Campbell Barrett Wellington Anaesthesia Trust
          An investigation into the morphology of the central venous waveform at the onset of hypovolaemia


        • Dean Paterson : Genesis Oncology Trust
          Travel to European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark


        • Dr Shieak Tzeng : Surgical Trust
          The impact of changes in mechanical ventilation and systemic perfusion on brain blood flow and oxygenation in sheep


        • Dr Giles Newton-Howes : Hawkes Bay Medical Research Foundation
          Clinical and social determinants of outcome for the treatment of severe Substance Use Disorders: who do we help, how can we do better?


        • Associate Professor Diana Sarfati : $20,000 Faculty of Medicine Research Trust
          Testicular Case Control Study Development

        2012

        • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman : $ 9.2 Million over 4 years MBIE Grant
          Resilient Urban Futures
          Which possible futures for New Zealand cities will be most resilient, livable and competitive?
          The New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities is running the Resilient Urban Futures programme of research, thanks to a 4-year grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The programme links researchers from:
          • NZ universities – Otago, Auckland, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury
          • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA)
          • Local councils – Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Kapiti, Wellington, Christchurch
          • Research institutes – Motu, Waiti, Aria

          Please see website for more information:
          http://sustainablecities.org.nz/research/


        • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman : $ 3.98 Million over 3 years HRC Grant
          He Kainga Oranga Housing and Health Research Programme (Extension)
          He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme, examines and clarifies the links between Housing and Health. Although the association between poor housing and ill health is known, the links that make up the causal chain have until recently been poorly understood. 

          Conducting our own studies and examining existing evidence enables us to identify and evaluate housing-related interventions to improve individual, family and community health. Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative disciplines.

          Please see website for more information:
          http://www.healthyhousing.org.nz/
           
        • Dr Bev Lawton and Women Health Research Centre : $1,192,365 HRC grant – Annual Funding Round
          Diabetes: The impact of maternal care disparities on Maori mothers and infants
          There are marked disparities in maternal and infant health in NZ with Māori babies more likely to die than non-Māori babies. Māori women are more likely to have Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) which is associated with a range of adverse health outcomes including perinatal death. Timely identification and treatment of GDM significantly reduces adverse outcomes so it is an appropriate condition to examine for possible disparities in care. This study investigates whether Māori women with GDM and their babies have worse health outcomes than non-Māori, and whether they are receiving adequate screening, diagnosis and appropriate care. This retrospective cohort study draws on birth-related data from two DHB regions over a 15-year period with additional data obtained via NHI matching from laboratory and nationally held databases. Improving identification and management of GDM in Māori has the potential to reduce harm to mothers and to save babies from both harm and death.

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