Newsletter #9                               November 2017
Consultation on research priorities: 2019-2024
Healthier Lives has launched a consultation about our future research priorities and we’ll be holding discussions with a number of our key stakeholders over the next few weeks.

We’re very keen to hear the views of a wide range of individuals and organisations in response to the question: What research in the field of non-communicable diseases do you think will make the greatest impact to improve the health of New Zealanders and reduce the health inequities between different groups in our population?
If you haven’t done so already, please have your say at:
The deadline for submissions is: 15 December 2017.
Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs (Healthier Lives Principal Investigator) launched the Healthier Lives consultation at the recent Diabetes NZ AGM where he talked to branch representatives about the work Healthier Lives is currently doing and possible future directions, with a particular focus on diabetes-related research. Visit our consultation page (via the link above) to view videos from this event.
Spotlight on research: Food 4 Health He Oranga Kai
Some Healthier Lives’ research projects have now been underway for almost two years while others have started much more recently. We will profile a research project in each issue of our newsletter to explore why the research is needed and what it aims to achieve.

Today is World Diabetes Day so we have turned the spotlight on one of our newer projects, which is investigating new ways to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Example of cereal for Food 4 Health study.
Key to diabetes prevention could be all in the gut
‘Chances are you don’t give much thought to what’s going on in your gut, unless you have an upset tummy. But the gut – and the population of bacteria that live there – is the new frontier in health research. The microbiome, as it’s known, is something that’s getting scientists excited – and it could hold the key to preventing one of our most serious health problems: type 2 diabetes…’
Continue reading this story about Food 4 Health's research using probiotics here.
In the news
Dr Matire Harwood.
The Good Doctor, an in-depth interview with Dr Matire Harwood
TVNZ’s Sunday programme has conducted a fascinating in-depth interview with Dr Matire Harwood about her clinical practice, research and vision for improving indigenous health in New Zealand.  Dr Harwood leads the Mana Tū research project, which is briefly featured in action during the programme.
View the TVNZ Sunday interview with Dr Matire Harwood here.

Earthquake damaged building in Christchurch.
Canterbury quake damage increased risk of cardiovascular disease
A recent publication in Lancet Planetary Health by a Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study has attracted international media interest. The study used New Zealand’s big data to investigate the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.

Read more about how the Christchurch earthquake affected cardiovascular health here.
Woven fan.
He Pikinga Waiora Implementation Framework
A publication by the Healthier Lives He Pikinga Waioira research team in the international journal Globalization and Health has shown the potential of the unique framework they have developed to guide research within indigenous communities.
Read more about the potential of the He Pikinga Waiora Implementation Framework here.

Image of people on public transport, legs only.
World Obesity Day – NZ retains third place in obesity rankings
Healthier Lives Director, Professor Jim Mann, was interviewed by Mark Sainsbury, on RadioLive on World Obesity Day, 11 October 2017. This coincided with the release of the latest OECD obesity rankings, in which New Zealand has retained third place, just behind Mexico and the USA.

Read more and access the RadioLive interview here.
Junk food advertising on back of bus.
Kids’Cam reveals children’s world
Two recent publications from the Kids’Cam study have given us a kids-eye view of the world.

The studies used wearable cameras and GPS technology to document children’s exposure to food marketing and analyse their movements over four days.

Healthier Lives Deputy Director, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, is programme director of the research team and a co-author.  She said the findings were a real concern given the high rates of obesity among New Zealand children.

Read more about these two studies here.
We warmly congratulate the talented members of the Healthier Lives team recently honoured for their ground-breaking research as well as for translating, communicating and extending the reach of science:
Dr Matire Harwood
Dr Matire Harwood (Ngāpuhi), Healthier Lives Principal Investigator and Science Leadership Team member, has been awarded the 2017 L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship in recognition of her work addressing the inequities of health-related outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous people. 

Read more about Dr Matire Harwood's award here.
Prof Peter Shepherd
Professor Peter Shepherd, Healthier Lives Science Leadership Team member, has received the Royal Society Callaghan Medal for his pioneering activities to increase the understanding of science by the New Zealand public. 

Read more about Professor Peter Shepherd's award here.
Prof Parry Guilford
Professor Parry Guilford, Healthier Lives Deputy Director and Principal Investigator, is the latest recipient of the University of Otago’s Distinguished Research Medal, the University’s highest distinction. 

Read more about Professor Parry Guilford's award here.
Upcoming Events
Research Impact Conference and public lecture
21 - 22 November 2017
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon
Due to high demand registrations for the Research Impact Conference have now closed. 
View the programme here.

Evolution, families and cancer
Professor Parry Guilford, Distinguished Research Medal Lecture
5:30pm - 7:00pm
22 November 2017
College of Education Auditorium
University of Otago
Union Street East
Free public lecture – all welcome
View more information here.
Indigenous people and cancer
A shared agenda for Aotearoa, Australia and Pacific nations
19 - 20 February 2018
University of Otago, Wellington
Cost $600 early-bird, $800 after 20 December 2017
View the programme and register now for this 2-day symposium here.

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Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge is hosted by the University of Otago and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Challenge partners are AgResearch, Auckland University of Technology, ESR, Malaghan Institute, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, and University of Waikato.
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