Assoc Prof Michal Boyd

University of Auckland

Dr Boyd’s project “Neurodegeneration and Individual Interventions” investigates end-of-life neurodegenerative care and the potential benefits of individualised care. Read more about this project here.

Professor Martin Connolly

University of Auckland

Professor Connolly’s project on “Retirement Villages” investigates the needs and levels of healthcare use by retirement village (RV) residents. Read more about this project here.

Dr Ofa Dewes

University of Auckland

Dr Dewes is the Principal Investigator for the “Tapinga ‘a Maama’: Pacific Life and Health in Advanced Age” project. Pacific older adults currently have high levels of unmet needs and poor access to palliative care while dying. Read more about this project here.

Kirsten Gabel

University of Waikato

Kirsten’s project “Te Whakahaumitanga” focuses on unlocking the potential of mātauranga to support Māori women ageing well within whānau. The overall aim of this project is to consider the cultural context of ageing well for kuia, with specific reference to the value and esteem that kuia are held in and the essential roles that they have in facilitating whānau and hapu wellbeing. Read more about this project here.

Professor Merryn Gott

University of Auckland

Professor Gott’s project, “Social Isolation and Loneliness” focuses on the understanding of social isolation and its effect on older people’s health and wellbeing. You can read more about the project here.

Dr Hamish Jamieson

University of Otago

Dr Jamieson is the Principal Investigator on the “Drug Burden Index”, a tool for health professionals to help predict the impact of side effects of medications. Read more about it here.

Dr Sally Keeling

University of Otago

Dr Keeling is a Principal Investigator, with Dr Hamish Jamieson, on the “Risk Factors in Reduced Social Engagement” project. This project comprehensively assess the health and social needs of older people who are supported at home with community-based care. You can read more about this project here.

Professor Ngaire Kerse

The University of Auckland

Professor Ngaire Kerse is one of the Principal Investigators on the “Ageing Well through Eating, Sleeping, Socialising and Mobility Programme (AWESSoM)” project. AWESSoM investigates the areas of mobility, oral health, healthy sleep, eating and socialising within the context of ageing. Read more here.

Dr Rita Krishnamurthi

Auckland University of Technology

Dr Krishnamurthi is an investigator on the “Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention” project. Strokes are the main cause of disease burden in older adults, yet evidence suggests more than 80% of strokes are preventable, with adequate control of modifiable risk factors. Read more about this research here.

Dr Catherine Love

The Family Centre

Dr Catherine Love is one of the Principal Investigators on the “Tai Kaumātuatanga Older Māori Wellbeing and Participation: Present and Future Focus” project. The research involves a country wide survey asking kaumātua about their experiences and quality of life, to provide information for policy formation, environmental planning and culturally responsive services. Read more here.

Dr Marama Muru-Lanning

University of Auckland

Dr Muru-Lanning is the Principal Investigator for the “Ngā Kaumātua, ō Mātou Taonga” project which explores supporting kaumātua health in a changing world. Read more here.

Professor Stephen Neville

Auckland University of Technology

Professor Stephen Neville will be speaking on behalf of Dr Dan Tautolo (the principal investigator) on the “Pacific Islands Families” study which uses participatory action research methods to understand what factors old Pacific people consider important for their wellbeing. Read more here.

Professor John Oetzel

University of Waikato

Professor Oetzel is an investigator on the “Kaumātua mana motuhake” project which seeks to address the mana motuhake (identity, autonomy) of kaumātua (older Māori aged 55 or older). It investigates the health outcomes of a ‘tuakana-teina’ (mentoring) peer-educator model and how this can meet social and health needs of kaumātua and their whānau. Read more about this project here.

Rangimahora Reddy

Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust

Rangimahora is an investigator on the “Kaumātua mana motuhake” project which seeks to address the mana motuhake (identity, autonomy) of kaumātua (older Māori aged 55 or older). It investigates the health outcomes of a ‘tuakana-teina’ (mentoring) peer-educator model and how this can meet social and health needs of kaumātua and their whānau. Read more about this project here.

Professor John Reynolds

University of Otago

Dr Reynolds is one of the Principal Investigators on the “Electrical Stimulators for Stroke Recovery” project. This study focuses to target a brain circuit and turn down its activity using an electrical stimulator implanted onto the brain opposite the stroke. Read more about this project here.

 

Dr Ruth Teh

University of Auckland

Dr Teh is the Principal Investigator for the “Staying UPright and Eating well Research (SUPER)”, which aims to test the impact and cost-effectiveness of physical activity and/or nutrition, and social group attendance, to reduce frailty and falls of older people. Read more about the research here.

Charles Waldegrave

Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

Mr Waldegrave is one of the Principal Investigators on the ” Loneliness and Social Isolation” project which aims to enable early detection of pathways that lead to loneliness and social isolation for older Māori and Pacific people in NZ. Read more here.