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 Ihirangi Heke

9 April 2019

Dr Heke talks about how he's bringing a whakapapa Māori approach to a study helping men get active by training alongside super rugby teams.

Professor Merryn Gott

9 April 2019

This news article highlights Professor Gott's presentation at the World Conference on Health Promotion in Rotorua about the need for improvement in palliative care services.

Professor Peter Shepherd

8 April 2019

Professor Peter Shepherd comments on the Mauric Wilkins Centre's genetic research into medical treatments for Māori and Pacific people.

Dr Mohammed (Mo) Ziaei

6 April 2019

Dr Mo Ziaei debunks some of the misconceptions around laser eye surgery in this article.

Associate Professor Suresh Muthukumaraswamy

29 March 2019

Suresh explains why ketamine is such an effective antidepressant in this news article.

Dr Anneka Anderson

26 March 2019

Dr Anderson led a recent study into the inequities in rheumatic fever treatment and discusses the findings in this article.  

Sue Kistanna

21 March 2019

Group Services Manager Sue Kistanna, a recent Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, explains why she is a passionate advocate for indigenous and women’s health in this interview.

Professor Nathan Consedine

19 March 2019

In this radio interview, Professor Consedine talks about the systemic issues which plague the health sector and undermine doctors' ability to practice with compassion.

Professor Ian Bissett

5 March 2019

Survival rates after major surgery for bowel cancer are unequal across different parts of Aotearoa, and between Māori and non-Māori, a report out today shows.

Dr Alex Müntz

5 March 2019

Hear Ophthalmology research fellow Dr Alex Müntz talk about dry eye disease – and lose a staring competition – with Mikey Havoc in this radio interview.

Professor Boyd Swinburn and Dr Simon Thornley

25 February 2019

In this article, two FMHS academics weigh up the stroke risks associated with artificial sweeteners after a new American study claimed causality.

Professor Alistair Woodward

25 February 2019

Why do bike lanes rile us up so much? Professor Woodward talks through the findings of recent research in this radio interview.  

Dr Adrian Field

24 Febraury 2019

A team lead by Dr Field are analysing 'bikelash', examining three well-known cases where proposed bike lanes prompted organised pushback.

Dr Michel Neefe

22 Feburary 2019

MD candidate and ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr Neefe comments on a strange medical case where a plant grew in a teen's ear.

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris

18 February 2019

With measles outbreaks on the rise, Dr Helen Petousis-Harris explains in this radio interview how social media enables the spread of misinformation about immunisation.

Professor Charles McGhee

18 February 2019

Professor McGhee answers questions about eye conditions, disease and cures for blindness in this radio interview.

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.

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 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.