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Research For Life is the public face of the Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc.

Fundamental medical research is by far the best pathway to creating both preventative strategies and treatments that transform people’s lives.

Find out more about why you, and everyone, should be supporting this great cause, here.

Our Mission

Supporting innovative quality research with a focus on funding researchers in the early stages of their careers who, through their work, will advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.

Dr Max Berry at Wellington Hospital’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health,

researching at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Role of the Foundation

Research For Life is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young, talented people to engage in medical and biomedical research.

The Foundation considers appropriate applications from all medical researchers and research groups in the Wellington region. Find out more about our grant application timetable and requirements here.

The Need for Medical Research

Major discoveries in medicine have been made through fundamental and applied research. By funding such research, we aim to be at the forefront of medical knowledge and technical ability.

Projects Funded Recently

In the two funding rounds in 2019, Research For Life approved 14 research grants and 20 travel grants making a total of $189,511 available to researchers. Research funded in 2019 included a grant for Masters of Health candidate Tutangi Amataiti to undertake research to improve health outcomes of women with Gestational Diabetes (GDM); a grant to research how the immune system is recruited by prostate cancer cells to promote disease progression, conducted by Professor Antony Braithwaite a visiting scientist at the Malaghan Institute for Medical Research and a Professor at the University of Otago; and, a grant to Dr Donia Macartney-Coxon and Dr Max Berry to undertake research to help understand why individuals who are born as preterm babies have an increased risk of diseases like type-two diabetes in later life. Find out more about the research funded in 2019 here.

Read reports of the medical research funded in recent years in our Annual Research Reviews here.

Help us to Fund Medical Research in the Wellington Region

Research For Life needs your support to continue its work. Find out more about making a bequest, gift or donation here.

We are a registered charity "The Wellington Medical Research Foundation" CC10659.






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