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Growth Charts for NZ Children to Undergo Mobile Makeover

A novel interactive growth chart for babies and young children is being developed in a bid to help tackle childhood obesity in New Zealand. Research initiative Precision Driven Health has combined with leading child health research funder Cure Kids and the National Science Challenge A Better Start to develop and trial an interactive child growth chart. At …

Calibrating Clinical Risk Calculators for New Zealand

The team working on the Clinical Risk Calculators project at the official “kick off meeting” held at Orion Health. From left to right, Dr Kevin Ross (GM, PDH), Dr Robyn Whitakker (WDHB), Delwyn Armstrong (WDHB), Prof. Bernhard Pfahringer (UoA), Dr Tom Robinson (WDHB), Dr Mirza Baig (Project PI), Prof. Rod Jackson (UoA), Anna Spyker (OH), Dr …

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Precision Driven Health wins research commercialisation award

The team at Precision Driven Health were delighted to win the prestigious Research & Business Partnership Award at the KiwiNet (Kiwi Innovation Network) awards recently. The award recognises an outstanding example of a deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand. PDH is a seven-year …

Context Review Report

Precision Driven Health (PDH) recently commissioned a report to review areas of importance surrounding the PDH initiative, both in New Zealand and overseas. There were three main goals of this report: To identify the current state of knowledge in precision driven health. To compare New Zealand with international benchmarks. To help PDH to prioritise its …

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) …