Issue 6/19 - 16 May 2019

1. Emerging Researcher First Grant recipients announced today

We are excited to announce the 15 recipients of the HRC's 2019 Emerging Researcher First Grant awards. HRC logoThis year we have awarded a combined total of nearly $3.7 million to help the country’s brightest and best new talent establish independent health research careers in New Zealand. 

Check out the successful recipients 
Read our media release about these grants 

2. New postdoctoral fellowship in data-driven precision health

Precision Driven Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand are pleased to announce that funding has been awarded to Dr Rosie Dobson through the PDH-HRC Postdoctoral Fellowship initiative. This call for applications was about augmenting and enhancing data-driven precision health research, while increasing funding opportunities for researchers at an early stage of their careers.

2019 PDH-HRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient:
Dr Rosie Dobson, University of Auckland
Enabling self-care through personalised mHealth
24 months, $205,823

Read a lay summary of Rosie's research

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3. HRC's career development awards opening soon

Applications for our general, Māori Health, and Pacific Health Career Development Awards (CDAs) will open shortly on 24HRC logo May 2019. These awards include:

General CDAs:
Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship
Foxley Fellowship
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Clinical Practitioner Research Fellowship

Māori Health CDAs:
Māori Health Research Development Grants
Māori Health Research Knowledge Translation Grants
Māori Health Research Summer Studentships
Rangahau Hauora Training Grant
Māori Health Research Masters Scholarships
Māori Health Research PhD Scholarships
Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowships

Pacific Health CDAs:
Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship
Pacific Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
Pacific Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarships
Pacific Health Research Masters Scholarship
Pacific Health Research Summer Studentships
Pacific Health Research Knowledge Translation Grants

The closing date for applications for the general CDAs is 19 June 2019 (1pm), while the closing date for the Māori and Pacific CDAs is 5 July 2019 (1pm).

See HRC Gateway for more information.

4. Have clinical trials experience? Join the HRC's Data Monitoring Committee

The HRC Data Monitoring Core Committee (HRC DMCC) is calling for Expressions of Interest from mid-career HRC logoresearchers to join the HRC DMCC as opportunities arise.
The DMCC supports the objective and independent monitoring of HRC-funded clinical trials to best international practice, optimising the design and conduct of trials. 
The membership expertise of the HRC DMCC includes biostatisticians, ethicists, practicing health professionals and other health research experts. Membership is chosen to provide a balance of expertise to minimise overlapping conflicts of interest and to reflect the nature of HRC-funded trials. It is expected that all members have appropriate clinical trials experience, however, the HRC DMCC also has a training role so data monitoring committee expertise is not required.

Contact Lana Lon at the HRC for more information.

5. Increased investment for Pacific Health ProjectsTolotea Lanumata

In their April meeting, the HRC Board approved an additional $1.2 million per year for HRC Pacific Health Projects, bringing the total investment to $2.4 million. This increase will be implemented in the 2020 funding round where applicants will be invited to submit proposals with a budget anywhere between $0.6 and 1.2 million. 

“This increased investment will make a significant difference to researchers applying for Pacific Project funding, enabling them to extend the scope of their research and have an even greater impact on the health of our Pacific community. It’s also continued recognition of the importance that the HRC places on growing New Zealand’s Pacific research workforce,” says HRC Manager of Pacific Research Investment Tolotea Lanumata (pictured).

6. Change to 2020 Pacific Emerging Researcher First Grant timings

Please note that the opening and closing dates for HRC Pacific Emerging Researcher First Grant applications (2020 funding round) are now going to be the same as for the general round (i.e., opening on 19 July 2019 and closing on 14 August 2019). Forms and guidelines for these applications will be available on HRC Gateway in the upcoming weeks and will be assessed together with the HRC's Pacific Health Projects. The successful funding recipients will be announced in May 2020. 

7. Medal nominations close early next week

There's still time to send in nominations for the HRC's three medals recognising research excellence, which will be awarded at this year's Research Honours Aotearoa. Liley medalNominations for our following medals close at 1pm on Monday, 20 May 2019.

Te Tohu Rapuora award: recognises an individual, research team or community group, whose work has demonstrated leadership, excellence and a contribution to advancing Māori health and/or knowledge. 
Liley medal: awarded to a recipient whose recent research has made an outstanding contribution to the health and medical sciences. 
Beaven medal: presented to a recipient who has been recognised for excellence in translational research

See our website for how to make a nomination.

8. Health scholarship: assisted reproductive technology

A Marsden funded scholarship is available for a PhD candidate to contribute to a project on assisted reproductive technologies (ART), social infertility, and family formation. The candidate will be based in New Zealand at either Auckland University of Technology or Victoria University of Wellington.  

The research aims to ensure that all people in Aotearoa are able to create families regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or ability. The candidate’s research will focus on understanding the challenges in creating a family when ART is required but access denied. The project will have a particular focus on people often excluded from such access, including LGBTQ, disabled people, single people, Muslim migrants, Māori and Pacific peoples. PhD projects focusing on Māori or Pacific groups are particularly welcome.  

Closing date: 31/10/2019 - open until the position is filled
Value of award: Full-time domestic tuition fees, stipend of $27,000 per annum

More information

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10. Conferences and events

18th International Medical Geography SymposiumIMGS 2019 logo
30 June - 5 July 2019 

Queenstown | New Zealand 

The 18th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS) is the main meeting ground for health geographers across the English-speaking world. This year marks the first time the event will be held in the  Southern Hemisphere.

Links between health, wellbeing, space, and place have typically been the starting point for analysis and interpretation for health and medical geographers. Within medical and health geography, we have seen an expanding focus from core concerns with disease ecology and the spatial distribution of health services to a socially and culturally attuned sub-discipline that also highlights the importance of people/place/space relationships in the experience of health and well-being.

At this conference, we acknowledge the need for interdisciplinary perspectives to help create a world with better health outcomes for current and future generations. We seek diverse contributions from across the world and new theoretical and methodological perspectives that might enlarge our world.

Go to for more information.


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HealthTech Week 
1-4 July 2019

Cordis Hotel | Auckland

Medical technology plays a crucial role in the wellbeing of every New Zealander. This is your chance to take part in events that reflect a commitment to excellent, accessible healthcare. 

At this event you will be able to:
  • discuss how new legislation will affect the sector
  • gain insight from knowledgeable speakers
  • interact with researchers
  • identify areas for innovation and investment
  • explore diverse topics, from procurement to new products and pathways to market
Speakers include Sarah Fitt (CEO, Pharmac); Chris James (Group manager, MedSafe); James Thompson (Regulatory affairs manager, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare); Professor Rod Dunbar (University of Auckland); Hon Dr David Clark (Minister of Health); Diana Kanecka (Manager international affairs, MedTech Europe) and more.

Visit the HealthTech Week website for more information.



New Zealand Association of Clinical Research 14th Annual Conference
15–16 August 2019

The Pullman Hotel | Auckland 

The New Zealand Association of Clinical Research Annual Conference is uniquely focused on supporting the professional growth and development of individuals involved in clinical trials in New Zealand through education, exchange, and peer-to-peer engagement.

Go to for more information on the 2019 conference.


Health Services and Policy Research Conference logo

11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference
4-6 December 2019
The Pullman Hotel | Auckland

Theme: Addressing health service inequities to improve health system performance
The purpose of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand.

This conference offers three days of thought-provoking discussion, information-sharing, strategising and problem solving, as well as some great networking opportunities. 

Go to the conference website for more information. You can also add your name to the conference mailing list at so you don't miss out on any details.

Key dates:
July 2019 - Call for abstracts close
May 2019 - Early bird registrations opens
October 2019 - Author registrations deadline
October 2019 - Early bird registrations close

11. About Update

Update is a fortnightly e-newsletter about the health research sector, compiled and distributed by the HealthHRC logo Research Council of New Zealand. Short, topical items about health research funding, policy, activities, consultations, and publications are welcome. Please contact Suzy Botica, the HRC's communications adviser, for more details.
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