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Non-communicable diseases (respiratory disease, cancer, dermatitis, diabetes, neurological conditions, congenital malformations)

We work to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders by addressing some of the most serious non-communicable diseases in New Zealand and internationally. Asthma affects one in four children and one in five adult New Zealanders, and costs hundreds of millions dollars a year. We investigate protective and risk factors for asthma as well as the underlying biological mechanisms in both children and adults. We also explore the potential protective effects of unpasteurised milk and certain bacteria in the gut and airways with the aim of developing innovative interventions for allergies and asthma.


Cancer is a leading cause of death in New Zealand. Our work has advanced understanding of the risk and biology of cancer, and helped develop methods for early detection and screening. Other research has raised awareness of factors affecting cancer patient survival, including ethnicity and socioeconomic status. We also study the effectiveness of a self-sampling kit for human papilloma virus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical cancer, to improve screening rates in vulnerable populations.