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UC SPARK (system for people and research knowledge) is a searchable website which showcases UC’s research. You can search SPARK for information about individual researchers, the projects they are working on, the research groups they belong to, the specialist equipment that they use, and their affiliations. SPARK provides a comprehensive view of research at UC.

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Featured Projects

Adult outcomes of childhood traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for over 3% of all hospital admissions and costs around $100 million a year for post-acute treatment and rehabilitation. TBI is a leading cause of disability and death among children. Further, children who experience a TBI are at increased risk for a number of cognitive, behavioural and emotional problems including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder (CD) and learning difficulties. However, there is little information regarding the long-term outcomes of childhood TBI. Read More>>

Kararehe: The animal in culture in Aotearoa New Zealand

In the arts, in popular culture, and in everyday situations and environments, the lives of humans are continually and intimately bound up with those of nonhuman animals, both real and imaginary. As with many habitual aspects of life, however, the meanings derived from this ubiquitous network of interactions most often remain invisible. Yet recently, across the globe, scholars and critics from a range of fields have begun to turn their attention to what has been called "the animal question"... Read more>>

Model-Based Therapeutics

This research uses computer models of human physiology at the clinical bedside to improve diagnosis and therapy. Main focus areas are in Critical and Acute Care, as well as diabetes in the general population.
The overall goal is to improve care, reduce mortality and to do so at reduced cost using existing sensors and therapies.
Primary applications are with colleagues in the ICU in Christchurch; Liege, Belgium; Aalborg, Denmark; and the USA. Read more>>