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All the latest news and media releases from the Health Research Council.
  • Medal for paper that helped allay COVID-19 vaccine safety concerns

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    Epidemiologist Professor Colin Simpson, a lead author behind one of the first papers in the world to confirm the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, has been awarded the HRC's 2022 Liley Medal at the Royal Society Te Apārangi Research Honours Awards in Wellington tonight.
  • Starship child heart specialist receives top medal for groundbreaking research

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    Paediatric cardiologist Associate Professor Nigel Wilson’s huge contribution to improving rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease outcomes has been recognised with the HRC’s Beaven Medal for excellence in translational health research at the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Research Honours event in Hamilton.
  • NZ expert recognised for study showing the enormous scale of the world’s stroke burden

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    Auckland University of Technology epidemiologist Professor Valery Feigin has received the HRC Liley Medal for his role as lead author of a breakthrough paper that showed for the first time the global, regional and national burden of stroke and its risk factors in all of the world’s 204 countries.
  • 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.