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News from the Department of Medicine

Te Tari Whaiora – Karere

Kaupapa Māori and governance for CHI

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A new kaupapa Māori research group has been established within the Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI) to help ensure equity in heart health for Māori.

Research professor by day, citizen astronomer by night

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Friday 17 March 2023

A University of Otago, Christchurch academic and citizen scientist has contributed to a research paper about NASA’s first planetary defence test by capturing data about an asteroid in his backyard.

Off-Campus: Peering into deep space


Thursday 29 September 2022

Off-Campus profiles the diverse and inspiring out-of-office pursuits of Otago staff. This week, Department of Medicine research professor and keen astronomer John Pickering

Christchurch medical graduand juggles study and motherhood

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Friday 10 December 2021

Malisa Mulholland is too modest to call herself a trailblazer but the final stages of her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) certainly paved the way for other medical students to follow in her footsteps.

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.

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.