• Pioneering future treatment of cancer

    Our goal is treatment of cancer without surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy – to bypass everything we have done for the last 100 years. - Dr Swee Tan

  • A paradigm shift

    “Tan et al, from….Wellington, New Zealand, report a novel and fascinating paradigm shift in the utilisation of ACE to treat infantile haemangiomas….. Drug manufacturers and cancer research must take note of this new major paradigm shift.” - Professor Macaulay AC Onuigbo, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA

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  • Imagine if we did this to cancer

    Heather’s strawberry birthmark treatment is underpinned by the discoveries made by the team led by Dr Swee Tan at the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute.

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    Take our ‘virtual tour’ of the GMRI’s laboratory facilities

    We are very fortunate to have many supporters throughout New Zealand and around the world. But not everyone gets the chance to see behind the scenes in our world-class lab facilities in Newtown, Wellington.

  • Our Focus

    The GMRI’s work will continue to benefit patients in New Zealand and gain further international significance.
    The GMRI’s current areas of research include cancer, fibrotic conditions, vascular birthmarks and regenerative medicine, based on the role of stem cells in disease and health.

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  • Innovation

    The GMRI is pioneering an innovative field of cellular and molecular research that may radically change the traditional understanding of disfiguring and life-threatening conditions. This could lead to greatly improved treatment,
    and possibly the cure, of cancer.

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The Strawberry Birthmark Story

In a world first achievement, the team led by Dr Tan and their collaborators succeeded in transforming strawberry birthmark stem cells into fat cells, bone cells and red blood cells. Read more

Private donor pledging: your opportunity to make a real difference

Our goals as a charity are not small — the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute exists to reduce human suffering and improve lives. You can help us to achieve our aspirations. Read more

In our five years we’ve launched two clinical trials

Since the GMRI opened its state-of-the art laboratory facility in Newtown, Wellington, we’ve gained approval for four clinical trials to test our novel cancer treatment based on our discoveries in the lab. Read more

Our research on the international stage

In May, we were honoured to deliver presentations at the 88th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, held in Bangkok. Read more

Matthew Munro: improving patient management

For a former research technician, Matt Munro says the GMRI has been the perfect place to undertake his PhD. Matt is investigating the role of cancer stem cells (CSCs) and the renin-angiotensin system in colon cancer. Read more

Erin Paterson: creating a powerful resource

Erin Paterson coordinates the vital cell culture and tissue banking programme for the GMRI’s primary cell lines. After taking tissues donated by patients to the GMRI and growing cells from them, these cells are used for the GMRI’s research. Read more

Our interns: specialists in the making

We love working with our interns and fostering the next generation of scientists and medical experts. They contribute to our wide range of research on cancers and other conditions. Read more

The Paradigm Shift

The GMRI's ground-breaking research relating to strawberry birthmark has potentially enormous implications for the treatment of other tumours, including cancer. Read more

Be part of our journey

Take our ‘virtual tour’ of the GMRI’s laboratory facilities

We are very fortunate to have many supporters throughout New Zealand and around the world. But not everyone gets the chance to see behind the scenes in our world-class lab facilities in Newtown, Wellington. This video has been made so you can view these, meet some members of our team and learn more about what we do.

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