Kidney Punch

An implantable artificial kidney

John Pickering Jan 16, 2013

$100 Dialysis is my vision.  University of California San Francisco researchers are doing some exciting research that may well be a step on the way.  They are developing an implantable artificial kidney .  They have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ArtificialKidney for those wishing to follow progress.  $13M is needed to bring it clinical trials – I … Continue reading » … Read More

Do we talk about the right cancers?

John Pickering Dec 12, 2012

We all want a cure for cancer.  This is evident in the ideas put forward for the NZ Science Challenges (http://www.thegreatnzscienceproject.co.nz/home).  Will these ideas reflect the true need in New Zealand? Are all cancers equal or are some more equal than others?  Does the public perception of what is most important reflect the true health … Continue reading » … Read More

The minister missed the point

John Pickering Dec 10, 2012

Last week Radio NZ put together a piece on grant funding.  The audio can be downloaded from here http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2540317/scientists,-minister-at-odds-over-research-funding Prof Juliet Gerrard, Dr Mark Green, Dr Robin Olds, Dr David Baddeley and myself all pointed out that the government grant funding system is in crisis because only 7-8% of applications are funded.  We also noted … Continue reading » … Read More

Hope for Type I diabetics

John Pickering Nov 23, 2012

Living Cells Technology have announced the beginning of phase II trials of their product for helping Type I diabetics (they call it DIABECELL).  The idea behind the technology is to inject cells (called islet cells – normally present in the pancreas) that can sense glucose levels and release insulin.  LCT has managed to isolate these … Continue reading » … Read More

Obama 91% Romney 9%

John Pickering Nov 07, 2012

I published yesterday about my modeling showing Ricky Ponting’s last innings helps predicts the chance of Australia winning.  Today I came across the New York Times “538″ blog which uses a prediction model to predict Obama currently has a 91% chance of winning the Presidential Elections.  The reason it is so different from the polls … Continue reading » … Read More

Ponting’s last innings

John Pickering Nov 06, 2012

“Only as good as your last match” goes the cliché.  This is true for Ricky Ponting and here is why. I recently published an article1 (Open Access ) on some new techniques being used in medical research which determine if making an additional measurement improves what we call “risk stratification.”  In other words – does … Continue reading » … Read More

Congratulations awardees – shame on the system

John Pickering Oct 25, 2012

At 1am this morning (has someone something to hide?) the recipients of Marsden grants were announced. Congratulations to them all. $54.6 million was distributed over 86 research projects.  Marsden funds “blue skies” research across a number of disciplines – humanities, science, technology etc. The list of topics reflect the diversity.  I think that they are … Continue reading » … Read More