Category: News

Data-driven Insights Set to Benefit the Most Vulnerable

It’s generally accepted that the first five years of a person’s life are the biggest determinant as to how healthy they will be throughout their lives, but the greatest impact occurs in the first 13 months. That’s according information cited in a clinical review of the Precision Driven Health Initiative – a private-public programme researching …

Are Genetics Relevant to Precision Health?

Thomas Lumley, a Professor of Biostatistics at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, spoke at a recent Precision Driven Health event on the role that genetic sequencing can play in healthcare. There are many ethical and privacy concerns surrounding genetics, according to Professor Lumley. He says laboratories, insurance companies and even employers have all approached …

Summer of Research

While most of us like to kick back on summer days, this year a group of dedicated students stepped it up and spent the summer season researching and working on projects at the forefront of developing precision medicine. These young researchers are currently completing qualifications in medical or IT related fields at the University of …

Machine Learning: The Heart of Precision Medicine

Summer of Research project by Nicholas James, University of Auckland, supervised by Dr Patrick Gladding. You’ve seen it happen in movies I’m sure. A main character is flat lining and the doctor yells ‘CLEAR!’ before bringing down the paddles and zapping them back to life. Yeah, that’s not actually what those machines do. In real …

Picking up the Pace of Precision Medicine

Summer of Research project by Kevin Howe, University of Auckland, supervised by Dr Patrick Gladding. It’s incredible how advanced medical technology has become. Many illnesses that were previously fatal are now treated with ease. Even something as serious as heart failure can be survived, and subsequently treated with an implanted cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device. …

Genes and Drugs

Summer of Research project by Kate Kilpatrick, University of Auckland, supervised by Dr Patrick Gladding. Huge advances have been made in cardiovascular medicine in recent decades, but the application of some of these advances in real world practice has been minimal. Kate Kilpatrick and her supervisor noted that antiplatelet therapy in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) …

Can a Fitness Tracker Detect Diabetes?

Summer of Research project by Mohsin Baig, AUT, supervised by Dr Farhaan Mirza. The cost of long-term conditions (LTCs), any ongoing health condition that cannot be cured, is becoming a major burden on healthcare providers. In many countries, these costs are covered by the government, which means they are then passed on to the taxpayers. …

Growing a Generation

Summer of Research project by Laura McCrae, University of Auckland, supervised by Associate Professor Robyn Whittaker. Growth monitoring is an essential part of assessing children’s health care.  Tracking how a child is growing can provide awareness of nutritional issues or other health problems. Growth charts are used to compare an individual child’s growth to what is …

Chronic Pain and Your Brain

Summer of Research project by Nicola Kluger, AUT, supervised by Dr Andrea Burri. Chronic pain (any pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks) can be debilitating. As you can imagine, chronic pain is a rather broad term. It can have many different causes, which makes treatment difficult. This means more hospital visits, more medication, and …

Knowledge is Power

Summer of Research project by Seyedjamal (Jamal) Zolhavarieh, AUT, supervised by Dave Parry. While the discovery of new health information is always a good thing, it can lead to difficulties. Doctors and specialists are required to actively ensure they are informed about the latest innovations and news in their field. This includes the latest clinical …