John Pickering

Dr John Pickering is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch and a Senior Research Fellow in Acute Care in the Emergency Department of Christchurch hospital. John aims to blog on science, health, and occasionally political issues. He believes publicly funded science should be made public - so publishes regular "cheesecake files" about his own research. John is on Twitter @kiwiskinz

Sam Sam the kidney man - Kidney Punch

Apr 23, 2012

Kidney recipients are brave and inspiring.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand (www.kidney.co.nz). I am fortunate enough to know the specialists that helped this young man.  Admirable work – well done people. Sam’s story (benefactor of the John Velvin Trust) Hello, my name is … Continue reading »

Legends - Kidney Punch

Apr 10, 2012

Kidney donors are legends.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand (www.kidney.co.nz)   The Governor General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, recently hosted an afternoon tea at Government House in Wellington to recognise living donors and acknowledge the gift they have given. … Continue reading »

Glenn urinates in space - Kidney Punch

Feb 23, 2012

Well, it could have been the headline around the world 50 years ago.  One of my prized possessions is a copy of NASA’s report on the “First United States Manned Orbital Space Flight” which John Glenn flew 50 years ago this week.  The flight lasted about 5 hours, but that was plenty long enough for … Continue reading »