Kiwis of all ages are living more and more of their lives online and on digital devices. Our smartphones, tablets and computers are not only being used for entertainment and connection, but also as essential tools for life. So it makes sense that researchers are …

A Healthier Lives project leader has been honoured in the recent Matariki Awards. Dr Matire Harwood was one of three finalists in the Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health and Science in the 2018 Matariki Awards. The category is for ‘healthcare and science experts dedicated to …

The Chair of the Healthier Lives governance group, Dr Jenny McMahon, has been made a Companion of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. The honour is one of six handed out this year for ‘outstanding leadership or sustained contributions to promoting and advancing science, technology, or …

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women in New Zealand. There’s a great deal of information and support for sufferers. But what if you have breast cancer and you’re in a group not commonly associated with the disease? That’s the situation …

Long-term health conditions – such as type 2 diabetes – don’t have to mean the end of a fulfilling, full life. But diabetes is a long-term condition which, if not well managed, can lead to poor health outcomes and even shorter lives. Māori is one …

Research focused on predicting risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes for New Zealand’s unique populations has come up with one of the first tangible ‘products’ from the Healther Lives research portfolio. The research has produced new risk assessments to provide doctors with better tools …

The Healthier Lives project ctDNA for better cancer management has recently been highlighted in the media for its potential to reduce healthcare inequities for Māori and people living in rural communities. The research team, led by Professor Parry Guilford, is working on a blood test …

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has recently produced a report on the progress and achievements of the 11 National Science Challenges in 2016-17. The report, Highlights from the National Science Challenges, includes a summary of highlights to date and a case study from …