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News from the Department of Medicine

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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.

Department of Medicine in the media

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Friday, 11 September 2020

Members of the department have made appearances in TV and newspaper articles over the past couple of weeks, giving a spotlight to their areas of research.

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.

Dementia prevention research clinic opens in Christchurch

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Friday, 26 July 2019

The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic officially opened in Christchurch today (26 July) – the third in a national network of clinics established by Brain Research New Zealand| Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ).

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.