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News from the Department of Medicine

Te Tari Whaiora – Karere

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.

Christchurch students focus on wellbeing

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Monday 5 October 2020

Medical students in Christchurch spent a week of September focusing on the importance of wellbeing both in their student lives and in their future clinician roles.

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.