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Vacancy: Research Assistant, Intensive Care Research

August 4, 2020

The Medical Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) is looking for a Research Assistant to join our Wellington ICU Research team. The MRINZ is an independent medical research organisation dedicated to investigating the causes of important public health problems in New Zealand and internationally. Deadline: 16 August 2020 Contract: part-time 0.8...

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Respirology Cover Aug 2020

Two new Editorial papers, and our art on the cover of this months Respirology Journal

July 16, 2020

We are proud to have two published Editorial papers in this month’s Respirology and to have our Creative Director’s art on the cover. You can read the Open-Access papers on Anti-Inflammatory Reliever therapy in asthma, and on Asthma-COPD Overlap here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14401843/2020/25/8

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Review paper preview

Medicinal Applications of cannabis/cannabinoids

July 10, 2020

Our latest review paper summarising the evidence for cannabis/cannabinoids use in different medical conditions can be viewed on ScienceDirect at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.06.002

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Science and the Cannabis Referendum

Science and the Cannabis Referendum

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Dr Juliet Gerard put together an expert panel to summarise and critique the evidence to help people make up their mind on how to vote. This video overview features leading scientists giving a diverse perspective on the state of the research. Amongst them feature...

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How are comics supporting Public Health in the COVID-19 pandemic?

The latest paper from our COVID-19 research programme explores how comics are being used to share public health information globally, and support behaviour change on an unprecedented scale to make it more difficult for the virus to spread. Those with institutional access can read the full paper here: https://doi.org/10.1080/17453054.2020.1761248

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2020 NZ Asthma Guidelines

June 26, 2020

We are proud to have contributed to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ 2020 Adolescent and Adult Asthma Guidelines, which have now been published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. Our Director, Professor Richard Beasley, chaired the guidelines group of multidisciplinary experts who contributed to the recommendations. These are based on recent advances...

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Take charge after stroke

Taking Charge after Stroke

April 21, 2020

Take Charge – a low-cost, person-centred, self-directed rehabilitation intervention after stroke – improved health-related quality of life and independence. Read the full Open-Access paper here: https://bit.ly/TaCAS-study Be sure to tune into Dr Harry McNaughton presenting an online Webinar on April 30th 2020 at 0900 London time, 1800 AEST: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S6rcZpcbSlua8zD5Ja4WEA Video presentations...

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MRINZ joins the fight against COVID-19 with 3 new trials

Clinical trials in New Zealand supporting the global fight against COVID-19

April 17, 2020

We have been hard at work establishing and contributing to major internationally-significant trials in the fight against COVID-19. “The clinical trials will assess multiple potential therapeutic agents including hydroxychloroquine, one of a number of drugs gaining media attention as a potential treatment for COVID-19”. MRINZ Director Professor Richard Beasley The...

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Server upgrade & maintenance

April 10, 2020

Our servers were struggling with the overwhelming (and wonderful) response to our ‘How big is your bubble?’ pandemic survey. This caused it to glitch for some people when filling it out. We have been busy upgrading the servers and performing maintenance overnight, but as of Friday 10th April morning, we...

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From Osler to Personalised Medicine in obstructive airways disease

April 6, 2020

We know that the features used to diagnose asthma and COPD overlap. For patients who have features of both, the diagnostic label of ‘asthma COPD overlap’ (ACO) is sometimes used. This has several definitions, and there is no consensus on how best to manage patients with this label, limiting its...

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