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Every day brings us closer to finding a cure for cardiovascular disease - New Zealand's number one killer. Here is the latest from our research laboratories.

Could too much sitting be bad for our brains?

Could too much sitting be bad for our brains?
The brain is a glucose hungry organ. It weighs about 2% of body mass but demands about 20% of our resting energy requirements, which is mostly in the form of glucose, the primary brain fuel. If this energy supply is disrupted it can impair and even damage brain cells. Therefore, the availability of glucose to brain cells may have implications for brain health.
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Meet the team: Gemma Little

Meet the team: Gemma Little

Some of the best research comes from the sharing of ideas, skills and experiences. Between scientists, between facilities – and between countries.

Growing up in a village south of Manchester in the UK, Gemma Little never had any interest in medical research. She never imagined she’d one day be interning at a leading research facility on the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia. 

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How to grow a human

How to grow a human
Pregnancy is one of the most nutritionally demanding stages of life for a woman. Decisions about health and nutrition at this point can significantly affect the lifelong health of both the mother and their baby. In the end, the goal of good pregnancy nutrition is to provide adequate nutrients that will promote optimum health in both.
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Jason's story

Jason's story

One minute Jason Davis and his wife Anna were talking. The next, Jason had stopped responding. He simply lay there, unconscious. He had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

“Anna immediately rang 000. The emergency responder was giving her instructions over the phone while I was laid on the floor. Anna and our son took it in turns to do CPR on me until the ambulance crew turned up. They kept me alive.”

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The life and death of platelets

The life and death of platelets

Professor Shaun Jackson is interviewed about his work on ‘Proinflammatory Function of Dying Platelets’ at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) 2017 Congress in Berlin, Germany. 

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