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Adding an inhaler to Emergency Department care could reduce asthma admissions by 27%

January 27, 2020

Around 1 in 6 New Zealanders (around 830,000) have asthma, a bit above the world average which is 10-15% of adults. Asthma attacks are a common and important reason for patients with asthma to attend the emergency department (ED). Many of these people need to be admitted into hospital for...

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Taking a combination inhaler ‘as-needed’ could control asthma at one fifth the dose of regular therapy

January 19, 2020

Symptoms of asthma are caused by inflammation of the airways. This can be treated with a combination inhaler which contains medicine to reduce inflammation and open up the airways. It can be prescribed in two ways: A person takes the medication regularly, whether or not they have symptoms. A person...

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Asthma mortality over time

25 years of progress in asthma care

January 13, 2020

Our Director Professor Beasley has written a commentary on advances in asthma care to celebrate 25 years of the Respirology Journal. It’s a fascinating read to see how far we have come, and where we might be going next. You can read the open access article here: http://bit.ly/2TeYi10 Figure reproduced...

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Meri Kirihimete - Merry Christmas from the MRINZ team!

Meri Kirihimete / Merry Christmas from the MRINZ!

December 23, 2019

We would like to thank every volunteer who has given their time and effort to support our work through 2019, improving healthcare in New Zealand, and the wider world. We wish you the very best throughout the holidays and into 2020. Nga mihi, The whole MRINZ team

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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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Stroke

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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