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Raising awareness of Māori heart health

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Thursday 8 July 2021

The Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI), Rangahau Manawa o Ōtautahi, is working alongside the Māori community to raise awareness of heart health and to implement research to support the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease among Māori.

Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

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Monday 31 May 2021

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.

Keeping on track

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Friday 12 March 2021

Professor Vicky Cameron ran the Buller Half Marathon recently, coming second in the 65+ age group.

A gut response

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Friday 12 March 2021

Working in a lab to help further research into the relationship between the microbiome and cardiovascular disease, may not be how many young people would want to spend their summer.

Gold Medal for Research

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Friday 8 January 2021

Professor Chris Charles has received the University of Otago Gold Medal for Research.

CHI receive Research Group Award

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Thursday 17 December 2020

Christchurch Heart Institute is the 2020 recipient of the University of Otago Research Group Award.

Centres for Research Excellence

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Tuesday 27 October 2020

The Christchurch Heart Institute is excited to be part of a new cardiovascular Centre for Research Excellence (CoRE), aiming to close a seven-year gap in life expectancy for Māori and Pacific people, compared with other New Zealanders.

Welcome to the CHI!

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

We warmly welcome Dr Wendy Ip to the CHI team, as Laboratory Manager in the Omics Lab.

Super charging heart hormones

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Dr Nicola Scott and Associate Professor Miriam Rademaker of the CHI’s Preclinical Lab have won funding from the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF; $109,252) and the Heart Foundation ($154,802), to investigate how to maximize the effects of heart hormones.

Heart health risk of premature birth

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

The heart health of adults born prematurely, and their mothers, is the focus of a new collaborative study between the CHI and Dr Sarah Harris, specialist neonatal paediatrician. Dr Harris has been awarded a Heart Foundation project grant of $300,000.

Personalised healthcare

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Dr Sarah Appleby has been awarded a Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) grant ($109,719) and a Heart Foundation project grant ($150,000), for her work that will explore novel biological markers for the detection and follow up of heart failure in patients that also have conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation.

Pasifika heart health

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Research Fellows Dr Moritz Lassé and Dr Allamanda Faatoese have been awarded a two-year Heart Foundation project grant ($157,549) to support their study looking at concentrations of the heart health marker, NT-proBNP, in Pasifika.

Celebrating Heart Foundation Fellowships

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Dr Janice Chew-Harris of the Translational Biodiscovery Lab and Evie Templeton, who is nearing the end of her PhD in the ‘Omics Lab, have both been awarded Heart Foundation Research Fellowships.

Faster detection of kidney injury

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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Aiming to develop better blood tests to identify which patients with acute heart failure are at risk of incurring damage to their kidneys, is the focus of work led by Dr Anna Pilbrow, for which she has received a Heart Foundation small project grant of $14,900.

International opportunities enhance PhD perspectives

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Monday 29 June 2020

When Evie Templeton began her PhD she was not expecting overseas travel, so when she found herself standing in front of a 12th century monastery in northern Italy, she had to pinch herself. 

New Light on Heart Failure in Obesity

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Friday 6 December 2019

Obese people with heart failure are less able to produce a naturally occurring heart-protecting hormone, due to a change in protein processing according to new research from the Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI), a University of Otago Research Centre.

Not doomed by genetics

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Monday 11 November 2019

It is well-known that heart disease runs in families. The good news is our genetic inheritance does not mean we are doomed, even if we have already experienced a heart attack.

Detective Work

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Tuesday 29 October 2019

Research Fellow Dr Moritz Lassé, has been awarded a Heart Foundation small project grant ($14,050) to help detect kidney damage occurring during worsening heart failure.

Safer medication

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Sunday 6 October 2019

Kiwi researchers are trying to find out how long to give blood-thinning treatments to heart attack survivors.

With gratitude

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Thursday 5 September 2019

Our sincere gratitude goes to the Hugo Trust for the generous and kind donation of NZD$5,000 which was received earlier this year.

Inspired Health

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Wednesday 28 August 2019

When Meg Christie saw an advertisement in the CDHB’s CEO Update newsletter asking for healthy volunteers for a study called INSPIRE, she jumped at the chance to take part.

Ground-breaking human heart tissue study

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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Research predicting the impact on heart muscle during a heart attack is being unravelled in the field of genetics, in a ground-breaking study, using human heart tissue.

Not doomed by genetics

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

It is well-known that heart disease runs in families.  The good news is our genetic inheritance does not mean we are doomed, even if we have already experienced a heart attack.

Dr Amjad Hambi, Rest in Peace

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Friday 15 March 2019

The loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr Amjad Hamid, in the Al Noor Mosque attack has been hard for the CHI team to face. Amjad will always have a special place in our hearts. We extend our deepest sympathy and love to his wife and family.

New blood test may help rule out heart attack within 15 minutes

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Thursday 18 October 2018

A preliminary study of a new, quick and accurate, bedside blood test performed in Emergency Departments (ED) could help reduce the time it takes to rule out heart attacks. The study findings have been published this morning in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Cardiology).

Talking our socks off!

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Wednesday 13 June 2018

It’s winter, why would we want to talk our socks off? Well, not literally of course – but the CHI team, in collaboration with the Heart Foundation, are running free public talks in Christchurch, from June to September.

Diabetes – a pressure cooker

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Thursday 17 May 2018

The close relationship of diabetes and heart disease has not gone unnoticed by the Christchurch Heart Institute team.

Medical research has its benefits

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Monday 16 April 2018

Taking part in research studies at the Christchurch Heart Institute, is an opportunity to receive on going and beneficial medical care that could be life-saving, say Research Nurses Stephanie Rose and Carol Groves.

Works of heart

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Tuesday 13 March 2018

On a shelf in Professor Vicky Cameron’s office is something that looks like a piece of art, housed in a glass cylinder to protect it. The heart, striking in its intricate detail, is in fact made of coloured resin.

New Zealand-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

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Tuesday 27 February 2018

Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.

Christchurch Heart Institute team in City2Surf

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Tuesday 14 March 2017

The Christchurch City2Surf 2017 event is on this Sunday (March 19) and the Christchurch Heart Institute team is gearing up to take part.

Participation in the event is one of a number of initiatives that are underway in an effort to increase the CHI’s profile in Christchurch.

Research and Clinical Nurses support new strategy for discharge management of heart failure

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Thursday 2 March 2017

Professor Richard Troughton, a Consultant Cardiologist and Researcher with the Christchurch Heart Institute, a University of Otago Research Centre based at Christchurch Hospital, is behind a plan that looks at reducing the likelihood of people with heart failure needing readmission to hospital for further heart failure events. Research and Clinical nurses are working collaboratively to bring this about.