Our people in the news

Our people are often featured in the media, being recognised for their significant discoveries and advances in modern medicine and medical sciences research. Browse recent coverage and highlights of our proud moments and achievements.

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Dr Tony Fernando

17 February 2019

Dr Tony Fernando busts some myths about sleep and explains how true insomniacs are often perfectionist overthinkers in a talk he gave for the sell-out Raising the Bar series.

Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles

18 February 2019

Siouxsie Wiles discusses the outbreak of measles due to anti-vaccination ideologies in this opinion piece.

Jasim Skinner

14 February 2019

Pharmacy student Jasim Skinner ran a pop-up stall at a Kaitaia market to kōrero with Te Hiku iwi about addressing whānau harm.

Associate Professor Mark Thomas

14 February 2019

How are surgical tools sterilised, and what could have gone wrong at Hawke's Bay Hospial? Mark Thomas explains in this radio interview.

Emeritus Professor Ed Mitchell

13 February 2019

An international study based on research originally led by Emeritus Professor Ed Mitchell has found that long, undisturbed sleep may be associated with stillbirth.

Associate Professor Cathy Stinear

10 February 2019

Why do we dream? Associate Professor Cathy Stinear suggests that it enables us to rehearse the actions we might take when confronted by immediate or life-threatening dilemmas.

Associate Professor Suresh Muthukumaraswamy

7 February 2019

Could microdosing LSD improve brain function? Suresh Muthukumaraswamy explains the science behind it.

Dr Edward Gane

1 February 2019

A Hepatitis C drug is now fully funded in New Zealand and Dr Edward Gane believes we could eliminate the disease from our country in the next 10-15 years.  

Dr Gary Cheung

1 February 2019

A new study has found that older people in New Zealand are more likely to self harm due to physical illness than any other reason.

Dr Sarah Lensen and Professor Cindy Farquhar

24 January 2019

The common fertility treatment of endometrial scratching has been shown to have "no benefit at all" in a new study led by our researchers.  

Professor Maurice Curtis

18 January 2019

In this interview, Professor Maurice Curtis explains what happens when you donate your body to science and how this benefits New Zealand health.

Dr Katharine Wallis and Susie Middleton

18 January 2019

New research has found that despite the 14,000 registered active doctors in NZ in 2016, only 25 cases have been heard by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the past 20 years.

Dr Sonia Lewycka

15 January 2019

The results of a longitudinal study have shown significant drops in the number of secondary school students involved in risk-taking behaviour.  

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu

24 December 2018

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu joins this Radio NZ panel discussion about the practical and social dilemmas associated with tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand.

Elizabeth Oliphant

24 December 2018

PhD candidate Liz Oliphant is investigating whether caffeine might improve oxygenation and brain development in late preterm babies, NZ Herald reports.

Professor Ngaire Kerse

23 December 2018

In this article, Ngaire Kerse comments on research which found that lonliness was accentuated during the festive season.

Dr Alan Davidson

18 December 2018

Dr Davidson is leading groundbreaking research as to whether cells from zebrafish can be used to bioengineer new kidneys.

Professor Sally Merry

13 December 2018

Smart phone data could soon be used to identify those at risk of suicide to get them help quickly, although Professor Sally Merry says we must take care not to breach users' privacy.

Professor Chris Bullen

28 November 2018

In this interview, Professor Bullen reflects on his role in the 1998 meningitis disease awareness campaign.

Dr Sarah Gerritsen

28 November 2018

Dr Gerritsen challenges confectionary company Jelly Belly's sponsorship of children's water polo events.

Dr Benedikt Fischer

27 November 2018

Dr Benedikt Fischer's guest commentary submission to NZ Herald on Cannabis Policy Reform in Canada/New Zealand.

Dr Rhys Jones

16 November 2018

Dr Rhys Jones spoke about climate change as a public health emergency, sharing what we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic. 

Dr Jo James

8 November 2018

Dr Jo James and Dr Alys Clark (Auckland Bioengineering Institute) have been awarded the Marsden Fund to build a world-first virtual uterus. 

Professor Boyd Swinburn

7 November 2018

As part of Health Coalition Aotearoa, Professor Swinburn is calling for policy to help people make healthier decisions. 

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris

7 November 2018

A new vaccine has been launched to protect infants, toddlers and teens against meningococcal disease.

Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith

4 November 2018

Dr Felicity Goodyear-Smith suspects the Augusta Building incidents that put a dozen Qantas staff in hospital after they smelt an unknown substance were a case of social contagion.

Dr Terryann Clark

30 October 2018

Althoguh health outcomes for young Māori are improving, "systematic discrimination and poverty" continue to drive stubborn inequities.

Professor Warwick Bagg

29 October 2018

Professor Warwick Bagg speaks about research suggesting that more work needs to be done for students to be empowered and speak up on obtaining informed patient consent during sensitive examinations.

Associate Professor Michal Boyd

24 October 2018

Michal Boyd has found that aged-care facilities are becoming New Zealand's "de facto hospice", raising questions about the state of palliative care in Aotearoa.

Dr Hakkan Lai

21 October 2018

New data shows that children living in neighbourhoods where there are more wood or coal fire-heated houses may be at greater risk of skin diseases.

Dr Simon Thornley

17 October 2018

Dr Simon Thornley’s study is exploring the use of Firstcheck’s smartphone technology to help detect and combat the scabies skin disease.

Dr Matire Harwood

13 October 2018

Dr Harwood comments on racial bias and inequitable treatment of premature babies in New Zealand.

Dr Kirsty Wild

11 October 2018

Who are the happiest commuters? It's the cyclists, according to research by Dr Wild.