Special seminar: "Institute and it’s work" Event as iCalendar

22 January 2013

1 - 2pm

Venue: Function Room 730-220, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Dr Justin Pulford is a graduate of the University of Auckland currently working at the PNG Institute for Medical Research (PNGIMR) in Papua New Guinea, where he leads the Population Health and Demography Section. His group undertakes evaluations of large-scale health interventions implemented at national or sub-national level, operates Health, Demographic and Surveillance Sites (HDSS) to monitor morbidity, mortality and causes of death and conducts population-level studies on a variety of health problems through the HDSS.  His role is broad, covering Health Systems and Health Economics,

Malaria Control

and Non-Communicable Diseases.

PNGIMR was established in 1968 as the independent research arm of the PNG Department of Health funded by the PNG Government and other donors. It employs 550 people in 9 centres around PNG and has been hugely successful with ground-breaking research in areas such as malaria, pneumonia, filariasis, sexual health and malnutrition. In November the School of Population Health and PNGIMR signed a MOU to work collaboratively on research projects and to provide support for students and staff.

Dr Pulford is currently working with Professor Robert Scragg and Associate Professor Chris Bullen, as well as with other colleagues from PNG, Japan and Australia on a large research project tracking the emergence of NCDs in Papua New Guinean populations exposed to rapid social and economic change through large-scale mineral extraction projects.  Another project he is leading, in collaboration with NIHI, is a study testing the use of text messaging support for rural health workers managing patients with possible malaria.

All are welcome to attend.