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Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

Source: ESR ESR’s expertise in tracking new illegal drugs coming into the country will feed into an international body through the appointment of ESR toxicologist Diana Kappatos to a newly formed committee of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). Membership of TIAFT’s New Psychoactive Substances Committee will also boost ESR’s drug testing and drug […]

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Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers goes ahead

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers goes ahead

Source: ESR ESR, which runs drug tests on blood samples for a range of government organisations, says there would need to be a law change and a consensus of how screening would be done, before the introduction of a roadside test for drug impaired drivers. ESR forensic toxicology and pharmaceutical manager Mary Jane McCarthy was […]

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ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs

By   /  January 3, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs

Source: ESR Following more than 50 deaths in New Zealand now associated with synthetic cannabinoid use, ESR is offering a unique service to all DHBs in the country. The ESR Unidentified Substances in Emergency Departments (USED) programme provides extended drug testing on urine and blood samples for patients harmed by recreational drug use Funded by […]

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Sparkly bug lights up Christmas

By   /  December 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Sparkly bug lights up Christmas

Source: ESR A mysterious bacterium with a surprisingly seasonal sparkle has turned up in ESR’s environmental microbiology lab. The bacterium, along with an unknown fungus, has had the science team scratching their heads after the unknown arrivals were found lurking in a water sample from a domestic hot water cylinder. In a marked display of […]

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Best to tone down the tinsel

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Best to tone down the tinsel

Source: ESR An ESR scientist says Yuletide traditions could be contributing to a hidden tide of plastic making its way into our environment. Dr Olga Pantos says although decorating the home and office is still a much loved seasonal activity for many Kiwis – glitter in particular is finding its way into wastewater, and ultimately […]

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Contaminated rivers highlight need for microbiological survey

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Contaminated rivers highlight need for microbiological survey

Source: ESR The government’s environmental health agency, ESR, says reports of contamination in three Canterbury rivers stresses the importance of the need for a Freshwater Microbiological survey of New Zealand rivers. The independent testing by Massey University’s Institute of Agriculture and Environment, commissioned by Fish and Game was undertaken from above and below three large […]

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External security consultants’ inquiry findings relating to ESR

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on External security consultants’ inquiry findings relating to ESR

Source: ESR The State Services Commission (SSC) has today released its inquiry findings on the use of external security consultants by state sector agencies. Read the report here:  http://www.ssc.govt.nz/external-security-consultants%E2%80%99-inquiry-findings (external link) As with other state sector agencies ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research), a crown research institute, was asked to review and report into the […]

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ESR Holiday Hours 2018 | ESR

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR Holiday Hours 2018 | ESR

Source: ESR ESR Health Laboratories and consultancy services close 12 noon on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open 8:00am on Thursday 3 January 2019.  For urgent assistance over the holiday period call 0800 437 734.   Find out more at  ESR-Health-Group-Christmas-Hours-2018-2019.pdf ESR Environmental Science Christchurch laboratories and consultancy services close 12 noon on Monday 24 December and […]

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Recognition of long-time ESR scientist Murray Close for outstanding science

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Recognition of long-time ESR scientist Murray Close for outstanding science

Source: ESR ESR scientist Murray Close has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to groundwater science in New Zealand with a New Zealand Hydrological Society Award. The nationally recognised groundwater expert has been lauded for his high quality science and scientific leadership. The award, which was presented at the Hydrological Society conference last week, notes […]

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Christchurch Scientist presented with Science in Communities Award

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Christchurch Scientist presented with Science in Communities Award

Source: ESR A scientist praised for his work with community groups has been awarded the Dr Margaret Lawton Award for Science in Communities. Ned Norton, director of resource management consultancy company Land, Water, People was presented with the ESR sponsored award by Elaine Moriarty at the NZ Hydrological Society conference . Dr Moriarty says Ned […]

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How to track foreign objects in food

By   /  November 28, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on How to track foreign objects in food

Source: ESR ESR food forensic scientists say they have a number of ways of working out whether an object found in food has been put there maliciously or accidentally. ESR says while the work its food scientists do is quite variable they receive complaints about foreign materials in food on a regular basis. There have […]

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What you can do in a 60 second elevator ride!

By   /  November 27, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on What you can do in a 60 second elevator ride!

Source: ESR Pitching your company and products in a 60-second elevator ride at the International Commerce Centre, the most iconic skyscraper in Hong Kong, is not the usual way to undertake promotion, but that’s just what AuramerBio CEO, Shalen Kumar, did last month. ESR invested in AuramerBio late last year as part of a drive […]

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Why we care about groundwater

By   /  November 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Why we care about groundwater

Source: ESR When scientists say groundwater many people conjure up the idea of a vast subterranean lake – ready for us to use as drinking water or irrigation for our crops and farms. While that may be an appealing image, in fact our groundwater resource is the water in the pores or cracks in the […]

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Antibiotic resistant organisms on the increase

By   /  November 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Antibiotic resistant organisms on the increase

Source: ESR ESR microbiologist Kristin Dyet says emerging antibiotic resistant organisms are of increasing concern.  ESR’s Antibiotic Reference Laboratory is responsible for national surveillance of antimicrobial resistance among human pathogens, on behalf of the Ministry of Health. The World Health Organisation’s Antibiotic Awareness Week, which began on Monday, (Nov 12) highlights increasing concerns about the […]

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ESR extends reporting on meningococcal disease

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR extends reporting on meningococcal disease

Source: ESR The increasing number of cases of Group W Meningococcal disease (MenW) has prompted ESR to increase its reporting on the disease to the Ministry of Health. ESR, which conducts surveillance of notifiable diseases on behalf of the Ministry, has upped its reporting to weekly. A public health physician at ESR, Jill Sherwood, says the […]

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ESR winners at Science New Zealand Awards

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR winners at Science New Zealand Awards

Source: ESR The following winners were announced at the annual Science New Zealand Awards, which took place at Parliament on November 8, 2018.  ESR forensic scientist John Buckleton took out a Lifetime Contribution to Science Award, ESR microbiologist Megan Devane won an Early Career Award and a Team Award went to ESR’s SHIVERS project.  Lifetime […]

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ESR Chemist wins top Chemistry Prize

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR Chemist wins top Chemistry Prize

Source: ESR Darren Saunders, ESR Senior Scientist based in Christchurch, has been awarded the 2018 Shimadzu Prize for Industrial and Applied Chemistry for his work in food chemistry. The NZ Institute of Chemistry awards the prize annually for meritorious achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry. It was first awarded in 1978. One […]

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Fluorescent dyes taking the guess work out of print analysis

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Fluorescent dyes taking the guess work out of print analysis

Source: ESR A newly developed method of finding DNA in fingerprints is taking some of the guess-work out of print analysis at crime scenes. ESR Senior Technician Alicia Haines has been working on locating DNA within finger marks using fluorescent dyes. “Instead of swabbing an area that we’re not sure has DNA on it, we’re […]

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Drones and 3D adding to the fight against crime

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Drones and 3D adding to the fight against crime

Source: ESR New technology is giving forensic scientists the ability to investigate crime scenes in much greater detail and in a lot less time. It can also provide better information to police and a trial jury. ESR scientists working in the field predict a rapid growth in the technology, particularly with virtual reality tools. Since […]

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“The shoes said otherwise” | ESR

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on “The shoes said otherwise” | ESR

Source: ESR “The murderer is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears thick-soled shooting boots…” Sherlock Holmes’s evidence in The ‘Boscombe Valley Mystery” helped establish Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s hero as fiction’s first forensic scientist. Holmes went further, declaring that “there is no branch of detective science which is so important and […]

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