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All the latest news and media releases from the Health Research Council.
  • Top medal awarded to team helping improve end-of-life care for whānau

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    Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell and the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group have been honoured with the HRC's Te Tohu Rapuora Medal for their research that has helped improve palliative care, end-of-life and tangihanga experiences for Māori kaumātua and whānau throughout Aotearoa.
  • HRC a finalist in the Toitū Brighter Future Awards

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    The Health Research Council has been named a finalist in the Toitū Brighter Future Awards 2022. These awards acknowledge Toitū certified businesses that are leading the way in environmental sustainability.
  • Study to develop safer alternative to opioids part of more than $78M allocated to health research

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    A research team who have developed a suite of non-addictive drug compounds to treat pain have received one of 53 HRC grants in a $78.92 million funding allocation for new and innovative research into some of New Zealand's most pressing health concerns.
  • Māori-led research team to undertake real-time research on key Māori health policy

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    An independent Māori-led research team has been awarded $1.5M by the Ministry of Health and Health Research Council to track the implementation and progress of the government’s Whakamaua Māori Health Action Plan 2020–2025.
  • HRC boosts access to community research funding

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    With its revamped Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Advancement Fund, the Health Research Council is making it easier for communities to undertake research and address self-identified health/hauora needs and priorities.
  • Study to determine long-term effects of air pollution on health

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    A new study into the cumulative effects of air pollution on New Zealanders’ physical and mental health will kick off next month in Christchurch using data from one of New Zealand’s longest-running longitudinal studies.
  • Is being hooked on sugar a lifestyle choice or an addiction?

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    Addiction specialist Dr Simone Rodda has received a HRC Explorer Grant to examine an innovative approach to understanding why some people find it difficult to moderate their sugar consumption. Her study is one of 17 HRC Explorer Grants announced today worth a combined total of $2.55 million. 
  • $38M to support independent research in New Zealand

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    Independent research organisations (IROs) doing crucial health research will receive funding to the value of $38.3 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.