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Past contributions include:

  • Greater knowledge of the mechanisms of inflammatory kidney disease & kidney cancer
  • Development of diagnostic procedures for the management of abdominal pain thereby reducing the need for surgery
  • Understanding the factors that modify plaque formation on teeth
  • Discovering the causes of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Understanding of the role of the immune system in the development of cancer 
  • Pioneering research into aspects of sex information and attitudes in high school students in the 1970s
  • Developing a greater understanding of the nature of multiple sclerosis


Some of the projects we currently fund are:

  • Acute Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood urinary tract infection
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Stroke therapy
  • Marine natural products as potential new therapies
  • Metabolic stem cell & regenerative biology
  • Investigating the genetic basis for individual differences in drug response
  • Asthma



Research projects supported by the Foundation have improved medical care in the Wellington region. The projects undertaken have also contributed significantly to medical advancement in New Zealand & internationally.

The Foundation is a voluntary organisation that receives its entire funding through donations, subscriptions & bequests.

The Foundation has encouraged & financially supported a wide range of research projects that would otherwise not have been possible.

One of the Foundation’s aims is to highlight the essential benefits of medical research & to emphasise that anyone can support research and thus make a vital investment in the health of the community – our community.

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