Student Research Projects

Student Research Projects for PDH

Precision Driven Health funds several types of student research projects. Details of the projects and their successes are shown below.

Postgraduate projects

Spatio-Temporal Big Data Analysis of Adherence Behaviour in Chronic Disease

Spatio-Temporal Big Data Analysis of Adherence Behaviour in Chronic Disease

Many patients in New Zealand don’t receive the benefits from their medications due to poor medication behaviour, referred to as medication adherence. Previously, data related to medication adherence has been gathered using questionnaire surveys based on the Health Belief Model ...
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Summer projects

App Analytics and the Questions They Answer

App Analytics and the Questions They Answer

Summer of Research project by Tuan Dung Ngo, AUT, supervised by Associate Professor Robyn Whittaker (University of Auckland and Waitemata DHB). Mobile technology has developed rapidly over the last few years. Almost everyone you know has a smartphone. You might even ...
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Can a Fitness Tracker Detect Diabetes?

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 ...
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Chronic Pain and Your Brain

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 ...
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Genes and Drugs

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 ...
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Growing a Generation

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 ...
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Hunting Down Hidden Healthcare Data

Hunting Down Hidden Healthcare Data

Summer of Research project by Kieran McCullough, University of Auckland, supervised by Associate Professor Robyn Whittaker. Since the implementation of the New Zealand National Health Index in 1993, many different electronic health systems have popped up around the country. In ...
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Knowledge is Power

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 ...
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Machine Learning: The Heart of Precision Medicine

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 ...
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Meet Mandy - An Intelligent and Interactive Medicare System

Meet Mandy – An Intelligent and Interactive Medicare System

Summer of Research project by Lin Ni, University of Auckland, supervised by Dr Jiamou Liu. We’ve all been there – stuck in a waiting room for hours, only to be told by the doctor to go home and rest for ...
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Mobile Application for Patient Communication

Mobile Application for Patient Communication

Summer of Research project by Hiten Karamchandani, AUT, supervised by Dr Muhammad Asif Naeem and Dr Farhaan Mirza. It’s good news when a patient is discharged from hospital, but things can often go wrong in the final moments of their stay. The ...
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Picking up the Pace of Precision Medicine

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 ...
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Summer of Research

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 ...
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summer 2016 students

Summer of Research 2016/2017

Student Projects Successful in 2016-2017 The Precision Driven Health partnership had an exciting summer of research in 2016-2017 with 11 students completing precision medicine projects. The students, from the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, had backgrounds mainly ...
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