• 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

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  • 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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  • 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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Top plastic surgeon and stem cell researcher calls GMRI cancer research “extraordinary”

In August the GMRI was honoured to host top plastic surgeon and stem cell researcher, Professor Wayne Morrison, as part of the GMRI Eminent Speakers’ Programme. Read more

GMRI to host public lecture by Harvard Medical School expert in vascular birthmarks

The GMRI is pleased to host a public lecture in December as part of the GMRI Eminent Speakers’ Programme. Read more

Capital & Coast District Health Board and the GMRI team up on glioblastoma research

Researchers from the GMRI and neurosurgeons from Capital & Coast DHB have joined forces to tackle glioblastoma (GB), the most aggressive primary cancer of the brain. Read more

Sharing our research and plans with funders and supporters

During the past few months the GMRI has welcomed a number of VIP’s to our Newtown laboratories. Read more

Generous donation from Plimmerton Rotary Club will “supercharge” stem cell research

In August, GMRI Executive Director Dr Swee Tan and Chief Scientific Officer Dr Tinte Itinteang were guests of the Plimmerton Rotary Club, where they were presented with a significant donation for our cancer stem cell research. Read more

Sir Harold Gillies’s pioneering work recognised as part of Passchendaele commemorations

The pioneering work of Sir Harold Gillies, whom the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute is co-named after, has been recognised by the UK’s Daily Mail as part of the commemorations of the battle of Passchendaele. 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

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

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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