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Less is more: Conservative Oxygen Therapy during Mechanical Ventilation in the ICU

October 31, 2019

Our latest research may soon change how intensive care units use oxygen to support patients around the world. The “Conservative Oxygen Therapy during Mechanical Ventilation in the ICU” study was led by researchers at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand and Wellington Hospital. It found that ICU patients on...

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Data Management Strategies on the World Stage

September 20, 2019

This past week, some of our staff have been in Vancouver, Canada, for the annual REDCap Conference, sharing ideas with delegates from around the world. As the conference has just come to a close, they checked in with us to share how everything had gone. REDCap, or Research Electronic Data...

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Access to original results from “groundbreaking” Asthma Study

September 17, 2019

Going beyond celebrating our results with our participants and our wider audience, we are proud to be able to give you open access to the latest publication of results from our groundbreaking asthma work! Click here to get access to the original journal publication in The Lancet. Around 10-15% adults...

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Celebrating more than just a language

September 15, 2019

At a time where we celebrate Te Reo Māori, it is a time to reflect what this means as a whole and remember what we can do as an institution to support equitable systems of interaction between Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākeha. In recent years, MRINZ has been...

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“Game-changing” asthma research success “a credit to the commitment of patient volunteers”

August 25, 2019

“One of the fantastic things about doing clinical research in New Zealand is that we have such support from the Asthma Community… we had 890 New Zealanders who volunteered and took part in this study for a twelve-month period.” The treatment strategy that was investigated in this study has already...

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Dr Fu presents the “Taking Charge after Stroke (TACAS)” intervention at the European Stroke Organisation Conference

June 24, 2019

Dr Vivian Fu recently presented her exciting PhD research “Taking Charge after Stroke“ on a simple but effective intervention which improved patient quality of life, ability to live independently and to perform activities of daily living. Traditionally stroke research has focussed on the hyper-acute management, in the belief that intervention...

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Trial re: oxygen use in surgery wins vital feasibility funding from Health Research Council

May 27, 2019

For patients undergoing surgery, could less oxygen be better than more? Press release via Health Research Council One of New Zealand’s leading clinical researchers is a step closer to embarking on a major trial to determine whether the conservative use of oxygen during surgery improves post-operative outcomes compared with the...

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1 News interviews MRINZ Director Professor Richard Beasley

1 News interview MRINZ director about “ground-breaking” asthma research which could more than half risk of severe exacerbations

May 21, 2019

1 in 6 New Zealanders has asthma, and many require two inhalers - a 'preventer' and a 'reliever'. Increased treatment complexity has been shown to reduce adherence to that prescription - which could nullify any benefit. 1 News interviewed MRINZ director Professor Richard Beasley about the recent publication of ground-breaking...

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Kanuka honey cold sore treatment editorial illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns

Kānuka honey found as effective as standard anti-viral treatment for cold sores, in large-scale randomised controlled trial

A unique pharmacy-backed trial, one of the largest medical studies of its kind ever undertaken in this country, has shown that honey derived from the New Zealand kānuka tree is just as effective in healing cold sores as standard pharmaceutical anti-viral treatment. The results published in the prestigious British Medical...

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NIV vs NHF COPD illustration by Dr Cilein Kearns Artibiotics

NIV vs NHF for hypercapnic respiratory failure in COPD

May 20, 2019

Our latest study compared the current “Gold Standard” treatment in COPD: Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV, which can be poorly tolerated in up to 20% of patients) against a possible future alternative strategy of Nasal High-Flow Oxygen (NHF). Check out Dr Steven McKinstry presenting a short video summary of this publication in Respirology. The...

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