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  • Cardiovascular disease culprits: the search starts in childhood

    HealtheX, the annual forum and celebration of medical and health science student research successfully In an online format, HealtheX 2021 was as successful as ever and we congratulate the AMRF Outstanding True to form a virtual version of HealtheX 2021, the University of Auckland's main forum for medical and health science students to present their research was staged. At AMRF, we consider HealtheX to be an important incubator for up-and-coming researchers and so every

  • Researchers offered $1.36m rescue package

    range of projects including cancers, neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, population health investment, often being the catalyst for researchers going on to secure larger grants from the likes of the Health

  • Including asthmatic children in their own health decisions

    postdoctoral role in the USA to take up an academic position in the Department of Social and Community Health Foundation, Dr Spray will establish a research programme investigating children’s participation in their health Convention on the Rights of the Child, advocating for greater inclusion of children's perspectives in health community relationships and networks that will be foundational to future research addressing children’s health

  • Update! Whitu, well-being intervention for teens: Publication

    Researchers in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland have published results from the pilot study of the Whitu app, a mobile phone app aimed at providing young New Zealanders with tools to help them improve well-being, reduce anxiety and depression and deal with the Covid-19 pandemic Participants in the pilot study demonstrated within-group improvements over time in wellbeing, depression, stress and anxiety at the 6-week follow-up. Whitu (meaning 7 in Te Reo) has also recently been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with the manuscript submitted to a medical journal. Screen shots from the Whitu app Co-lead researcher Dr Anna Serlachius says, "With the promising findings from the pilot and RCT, we are increasingly focused on dissemination. There has been growing interest from healthcare professionals and those working with young people to promote the app and we hope that Whitu can be another tool to support young New Zealanders during the pandemic." Together with co-lead researcher Dr Hiran Thabrew and their collaborators she says, Our future endeavours include adapting the app to use with younger high school students and youth living with diabetes. "As always, our team are incredibly grateful to AMRF for your support with this project." You can find the Whitu app on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carbonimagineering.whitu or the Whitu app on the Apple store. https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/whitu/id1508135602?ign-mpt=uo=4 Read the publication in Internet Interventions here, Pilot study of a well-being app to support New Zealand young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Early-career award for emerging health sciences researcher

    to continue to support postdoctoral research at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health With topics ranging across a wide spectrum of health research fields, a record number of postdoctoral

  • Improving equity of pharmacist services for older Maōri patients

    recently won the Excellence in Research Award for Best Emerging Researcher at the Waitematā District Health Board Health Excellence Awards 2021. "This study is an example of a pro-equity health intervention, informed by Indigenous knowledge and methodology , developed explicitly to address inequities in health outcomes for, and with, Māori. significance for clinicians, pharmacy organisation and policy-makers that work to provide pro-equity health

  • AMRF Newsletter - Spring 2020

    for treating drug resistant bacteria young and emerging researchers working across the spectrum of health research at the HealtheX awards Northland researchers and their impact on their community fertility

  • News about our 'joint' health, midwifery success and more

    Read about the latest research and the researchers supported by donors like you including: Joint health

  • Update! Whitu, well-being intervention: Participant feedback

    Researchers in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland have completed two trials of the prototype version of the Whitu app, a mobile phone app aimed at providing young New Zealanders with tools to help them improve well-being, reduce anxiety and depressio and deal with the Covid-19 pandemic During the single-arm, pilot-trial In August 2020, 20 young people reported significant improvements in well-being, depression, anxiety and stress between baseline and 6-week follow-up. These participants also provided the team with valuable feedback to help improve the look and feel of the app and its cultural appeal. The researchers submitted a paper outlining this study to an international journal. Co-lead researcher Dr Hiran Thabrew says,"Our app designer quickly set about making the suggested changes to Whitu between August and September 2020. We then recruited 90 young people to a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of Whitu vs waitlist control between October 2020 and April 2021. We are pleased to report that preliminary analysis of findings from the larger trial demonstrate improvements in almost all outcome measures (including well-being, depression and stress) at 1-month and 3-month follow-up. Feedback from the app users includes the following: "As someone with anxiety I found these tools extremely helpful for me" "I feel like I should make a special mention of the karanga at the beginning of the app when i first opened and downloaded it. As a young Māori woman, being called into the app and have it welcome all my problems and grief instantly sparked a spiritual connection for me and i instantly felt at ease and felt safe enough to embark on my healing and wellbeing journey. I also enjoyed the constant use of Te Reo Māori and the progress of watching my puriri tree grow throughout the 4 weeks. It was a pleasant surprise and so culturally inclusive. The voice overs were pleasant to listen to, the videos, sounds and effects captivating. The best app after what was such a rollercoaster year! Thank you!" With co-lead researcher Dr Anna Serlachius, the team are in the process of completing data analysis and publication of their findings. "Having provisionally ascertained Whitu's effectiveness, we are now embarking on further studies to see whether it needs adaptation for use as a cost-effective and scalable well-being intervention for New Zealand's high school students and young people with diabetes. "As always, our team are incredibly grateful to AMRF for your support with this project." You can find the Whitu app on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.carbonimagineering.whitu or the Whitu app on the Apple store. https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/whitu/id1508135602?ign-mpt=uo=4

  • Predicting Cardiovascular Risks in Cancer Patients

    give valuable new information on CVD and cancer, and improve the treatment of individual patients, health contribute to the continuum of cancer care via establishing, improving, and maintaining coordination between health