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All the latest news and media releases from the Health Research Council.
  • Study aims to improve outcomes for more than one in 10 NZ births

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    New Zealand researchers are about to undertake the largest-ever trial of corticosteroids in women having planned caesareans, to assess the treatment’s benefit and potential harm in newborns.
  • Healthy homes for all Kiwis at heart of major new research programme

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    The He Kāinga Oranga research team has been awarded a $5 million Health Research Council programme grant to work on interventions that will help New Zealanders live in warm, dry, mould-free and safe homes.
  • New grants give mid-career researchers a funding boost

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    The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) today capped off a month of research investment with nearly $3 million awarded to mid-career researchers for studies that address significant health issues.
  • New feasibility studies to get underway with HRC funding

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    The Health Research Council of New Zealand has awarded more than $1.7 million in Feasibility Study grants. See the full list of successful recipients from the latest funding round.
  • Evening sitting habits and binge-watching come under research spotlight

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    With funding announced today from the Health Research Council, a University of Otago researcher is about to investigate what happens to blood sugar levels and sleep when people pepper their evening’s viewing with short bursts of activity.
  • Exploring Auckland's sewers for antibiotic-resistant superbugs

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    A new Explorer Grant study announced today will delve into Auckland’s sewer network to quantify and map levels of antibiotic resistance in the community, allowing researchers to estimate levels of resistance in healthy, asymptomatic individuals as well as in those who are unwell.
  • New research studies set to help local and global fight against COVID-19

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    The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and Ministry of Health have awarded more than $3.8 million to COVID-19 research in the fields of health and social science, as a result of an urgent funding call issued by the agencies last month.  
  • Call now open for 2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund

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    The Health Research Council and the National Natural Science Foundation of China are now inviting applications for two funding opportunities to support the development of collaborative research relationships between New Zealand and China.