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Research Foundation awards over $1.3 million

Media Release

July 2016

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $1.3 million to medical researchers in the first half of 2016

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) has recently announced $1,311,018 in funding to medical researchers in its first two of five funding rounds in 2016.

Foundation Executive Director Kim McWilliams says, “It is really pleasing to see such great research projects and talent across the full spectrum of medical science. More research is the only way we can ensure genuine advances in medicine and outcomes for patients. Congratulations to all recipients.”

The successful grants include 11 research projects ($1,271,264) and 16 travel grants ($39,754) for researchers to present their research both in New Zealand and overseas. Grants were awarded in a variety of biomedical, clinical, and population health research areas including: Cancer; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Infection and Immunity; Neuroscience; Population Health; Psychology; Reproduction, Development, Maternal and Newborn Health; Sensory Sciences; and Musculo-skeletal Science.

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation is a major independent funding agency and charitable trust that provides contestable funding for medical research across the complete spectrum of modern medicine. Over the last 60 years we have distributed over $67 million in funding to a wide range of research activities – currently around $4-5 million annually.

Our Foundation is unique in the charity sector, in that every dollar donated from within the community goes directly and fully (100%) to research. Our administration costs are generously supported by a benefactor.

For further information on the current grants awarded and application forms for future grant rounds see our website at


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