We are currently researching into

Childhood Development

We are increasingly understanding more about how children develop including greater insight into the plasticity of the brain in the early stages of life.

Funding Amount:

$441,852.00

In Progress Research

Development among vulnerable children and families in the Tamaki community

Dr Alison Leversha Auckland District Health Board What is the problem? Good education predicts good health, and disparities in health and in educational achievement are closely linked. Maori and Pacific children and youth are disproportionately represented in both adverse health and educational achievement statistics. Recent work in the Starship school health clinics in low decile schools in the Tamaki area,…

Genetic diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Minds for Minds and Growing up in New Zealand cohorts

Dr Jessie Jacobsen University of Auckland In 2017, Cure Kids collaborated on a joint, contestable funding round with The National Science Challenge, A Better Start. The aim of the partnership was to fund high-quality, mission-led research focused on child and youth well-being, specifically in the areas of childhood obesity, early literacy and learning, mental health problems, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).…

Facilitating emotional well-being and positive behaviours in children with literacy learning difficulties

Professor John Everatt University of Canterbury In 2017, Cure Kids collaborated on a joint, contestable funding round with The National Science Challenge, A Better Start. The aim of the partnership was to fund high-quality, mission-led research focused on child and youth well-being, specifically in the areas of childhood obesity, early literacy and learning, mental health problems, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).…

Using children’s eye movements to diagnose, characterise and treat autism spectrum disorder

Professor Steven Dakin University of Auckland  What is the problem and who does it affect? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition affecting around 1 in 68 children in New Zealand; about 14,000 children. An estimated $2billion per year is spent on the health of NZ children and adults with ASD. ASD is often associated with cognitive, language and…

An investigation into the long-term effects associated with being born very preterm

Professor Brian Darlow University of Otago, Christchurch What is the problem and who does it affect? Infants born very low birth weight or very preterm account for about two per cent of births, however, the medical resources expended on them are vastly disproportionate to their prevalence. Medical advances have meant that more and more of these babies are surviving, however…

Effect of early probiotics on childhood cognition and behaviour

Professor Ed Mitchell University of Auckland What is the problem? It is well-documented that not all children start out life on a level playing field. Some children are far more highly developed than those of commensurate age, and the reasons for this are as varied as they are complex. Recent research carried out by Professor Ed Mitchell analysed the outcomes…



Recently Completed Research

Can probiotics provided to mothers improve the health of their children?

Professor Ed Mitchell University of Auckland What is the problem? The increasing prevalence of allergic diseases is of significant health concern due to their substantial morbidity and healthcare burden. The allergies usually occur as a result of the body’s immune reaction to seemingly harmless substances present in our environments, either through inhalation, ingestion or insect bites. One such condition is…