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Auckland DHB RESEARCH OFFICE                                                            MISSION


Having an excellent programme of research distinguishes great hospitals. Auckland District Health Board – ADHB - is the largest tertiary care centre and the largest clinical research facility in New Zealand. Our research portfolio comprises over 1300 projects and our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and scientists engage in research that attracts funding, participation and peer esteem both from New Zealand and internationally.

ADHB’s hospitals are teaching hospitals and ADHB partners with the University of Auckland in an Academic Health Alliance. Its goals, to deliver research-informed healthcare alongside clinical teaching and training, will fast-track translation of research findings from “bench to bedside”, and onwards to communities and families.

ADHB provides a first-class setting for research across the health spectrum. We serve a diverse population (with rapidly expanding migrant population) of over 478,000 as the local provider, and over 1.3 million as regional provider of specialist health services. Acute services are provided together under one roof so researchers can access participants under the care of skilled multidisciplinary teams of specialists with specialist equipment. ADHB’s accredited laboratory facility, LabPlus, provides a range of on-site laboratory services for clinical research, including diagnostic and genetic analysis, storage, disposal and shipping to central laboratories worldwide.

Research at ADHB pays for itself – over 100 staff and a multitude of medical and laboratory procedures for research are paid for from external sponsorship, both commercial and charitable. The A+ Trust provides robust management of research monies, and interest earned on Trust funds is fed back into the organisation as a contestable research grants programme worth a half million dollars annually.

ADHB is committed to preserving our status as a centre of clinical excellence by fostering our involvement in research activity, critiquing health care approaches and investigating new initiatives. We celebrate our contribution to health through research with our annual ADHB Research Excellence Award, Young Investigator Award, Best Research Posters and now the best summer students reports. Within the diversity, integral to all ADHB research is a desire by our committed staff to build a strong evidence base for our clinical, community and policy work, and ultimately, the good health and well-being of our patients.



11 January 2017

NEW - 2017 Research Funding Calendar

You can now access a 2017 research and personal support funding calendar from the Funding News tab (left side) or the link below. This calendar is not exhaustive but we hope to add new funding opportunities over 2017. The calendar will be updated regularly. Where information about 2017 due dates are not yet available you can use the links provided to check for updates from the funders.

Access the calendar

14 December 2016 

Winners - 2016 Young Investigator Award and Research Poster Week

2016 ADHB Young Investigator Award. The Research Office extends its warmest congratulations to Lily Wu of the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit, winner of 2016's YIA for her presentation "Long-term Outcome after Curative Treatment for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Single Institution Intention-to-Treat Analysis of Orthotopic Transplantation Versus Liver Resection Versus Thermal Ablation". Lily was presented her award by CMO Dr Margaret Wilsher and Professor Andrew Shelling, Associate Dean of Research for the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, at the Physician's Grand Round on 1st December.

Congratulations also to Suzanne Lydiard (Medical Physics and Radiation Oncology) who was named YIA Runner Up, and to finalists Cathrine Patten (Cardiovascular Research Unit) and Nick Eichler (Auckland Regional Public Health Service).

2016 Research Poster Winners. The Auckland DHB Research Poster Week is an annual snapshot of the research activity in our organisation and an opportunity to showcase to our people and our patients the ways in which research is creating new knowledge about health and the delivery of healthcare. Forty nine posters were displayed in the level 5 Atrium of Auckland City Hospital during the final week of November. Teams of judges from the fields of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing assessed and scored the posters in their categories and winners and runners up were decided.

  • Health Professions - Winner: Amy Chan (Pharmacy) - Runner Up: Barbara Cormack (Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • Medical - Winner: Nicola Culliford-Semmens (Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service) - Runner Up: Alana Ainsworth (Paediatric Respiratory Department)
  • Nursing - Winner: Laurelle Breen, Heather Cave, Kirsty Jackson and Sele Vave Patterson (Community Child Health and Disability Service) - Runner Up - Susan Atherton (Department of Critical Care Medicine)
  • Starship - Winner: Amy Chan (Pharmacy) - Runner Up: Rachel Webb (Paediatric Infectious Diseases Department). We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of this competition by the Starship Foundation

Congratulations to the winners and all of our people who took part.

9 August 2016

2015 Research Report now available

The 2015 edition of the Auckland DHB Research Report, comprising outputs and achievements of Auckland DHB researchers, is now available from this website (click on link below to access). The report features over 300 new research projects and over 500 research publications, as well as funding and honours won by our researchers. Congratulations to all whose hard work has contributed to this report.

Click here to view report

27 June 2016

Intensive care patients benefit from research funding

Our most unwell patients will benefit from more than $7million of funding awarded to Auckland District Health Board researchers by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

Of the funded projects announced earlier in June, Auckland DHB’s intensive care researchers were particularly well represented.

The highest funding ($4.9m) was awarded to research into the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia – a disease that results in more than 17,000 hospitalisations a year in New Zealand. Lead by Dr Colin McArthur, of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, the innovative trial design will investigate the best options for treating pneumonia in intensive care and hospital practice.


23 May 2016

New ADHB research application form - v3

As of May 2016 only use v3 of the "Application form for approval of a research project at ADHB" (for the standard approval pathway). The signature sections of the form have been updated to be more consistent with ADHB organisational structure and financial policy. Also, a clinical safety sub-section has been added to the Proposal section (now Section C). The purpose of these questions are to act a prompt for researchers to consider how to pro-actively manage the risk of protocol violations when more than one ADHB department will have significant involvement in the study.

Click here for new application form and guidelines.

5 April 2016

Updated Research Office SoP - Financial Management of Research Monies

The Standard Operating Procedure for ADHB financial management of research monies has recently been reviewed and updated.

Click here to view the current version

9 February 2016

2016 Research Review Committee meeting dates now available

Go to Research Governance tab on left hand menu

13 October 2015

2014 ADHB Research Report now available online

The 2014 of the ADHB Research Report, comprising outputs and achievements of ADHB researchers from 2012 to 2014 is now available from this website (click on link below to access). The report features over 900 new research projects and over 1000 research publication, as well as funding and honours won by our researchers. Congratulations to all whose hard work has contributed to this report.

2014 ADHB Research Report

Updated: May 2013
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