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Newsletter #10                               December 2017
Contents:
Consultation on research priorities: 2019-2024 CLOSING SOON
Our consultation about future research priorities is well underway.  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:
https://healthierlives.co.nz/consult/
The deadline for submissions is: 15 December 2017.
Spotlight on research: CtDNA for better cancer management
In this issue of our newsletter, we’re turning the spotlight on a Healthier Lives research project aiming to transform the management and treatment of cancer in New Zealand. 
Scientist looking through microscope
Improving life and outcomes for cancer patients
‘Having treatment for cancer is a traumatic experience for anyone. But scientists are working towards making it easier, and more effective.

Most of us will be affected by cancer in some way during our lifetimes; so we know that cancer treatments are invasive, often painful, and often come with a raft of unpleasant side effects…’

Continue reading this story about the CtDNA project here.
Professor Parry Guilford
Healthier Lives Seminar Series
The 2017-18 Healthier Lives Seminar Series got off to a great start in Queenstown on Saturday 4 November with a seminar entitled Cancer: Where we’re at… Research, therapy and access, jointly hosted by the Cancer Society Otago & Southland Division.

Read more about this event here
2017-18 New Zealand-China Non-communicable Disease Emerging Researcher Travel Fellowship
NZ-China Non-communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre logo.
The NZ-China Non-communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC) invites applications for the 2017-18 New Zealand-China Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Emerging Researcher Travel Fellowship, funded by the MBIE Catalyst Fund for Advancing International Partnerships.

This Travel Fellowship, worth $40,000, will support an early-career New Zealand NCD researcher to develop engagement with NCD researchers in China.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday, 15 January 2018.

For more information about the Travel Fellowship and how to apply, please visit the NCD CRCC website.

 
In the news
Dunedin Town hall lit in blue
Shining a light on World Diabetes Day
On Tuesday, 14 November Dunedin launched a day of diabetes-awareness activities that saw the city lit blue to coincide with World Diabetes Day.

Read more about the event and two articles featuring Healthier Lives Director Professor Jim Mann here.
Congratulations
Dr Lorraine Brooking
Dr Lorraine Brooking (Ngāti Porou, Ngāriki ki Mangatū, Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki, Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Pikiao), a member of He Oranga Hauora Kahui Maori, has been appointed the 2017 Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Board Apprentice. We are fortunate to benefit from her expertise and greatly value her input to Healthier Lives.

Read more about Lorraine's appointment here.
Upcoming Events
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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