Wellington Barrister Richard Laurenson has accepted an invitation to join the Research For Life board.
Research For Life’s chairman Dr Lance Lawler said, “We are delighted that Richard has agreed to become a board member. He is enthusiastic about not only contributing to Research For Life in a governance role but also to help us advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.”
Richard is a very experienced barrister practising these days in the area of private civil and commercial litigation.
He joined the independent Bar in 1991 when he formed Central Chambers and has been practising as a barrister sole since then. Prior to that, Richard was a partner in a Wellington law firm, and before that, a New Plymouth firm. He was admitted to the Bar in 1973.
Richard has also been active in sporting and community activities in Wellington
He joins existing Trustees Dr Lance Lawler, Professor Brett Delahunt, Gaeline Phipps, Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger, Rob McGregor, Richard Simpson, and Susannah Batley.
Established in 1960, Research For Life funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers.
Medical researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington - School of Medicine and Health Science, Victoria University of Wellington, ESR, Capital & Coast District Health Board, Massey University College of Health and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research have, in the recent past, received grants from Research For Life.
“Research For Life has funded research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, multiple sclerosis, stroke therapy and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma. This research, supported by Research For Life, is vital to achieving continuing improvements in health outcomes in the community,” Lance Lawler said.