• 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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    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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Clinical study on new cancer treatment for glioblastoma (brain cancer) shows promising early results

The new cancer treatment consists of a combination of commonly used, low-cost oral medications taken by patients at home. Read more

Meet Dr Imogen Roth, our new cancer biologist

Imogen returned to New Zealand after a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Oxford, supported by a prestigious Nuffield Medical Fellowship. Read more

Nurturing the next generation of scientists

Let us introduce you to four of our returning students. And just before we do, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Lady Gillian and Sir Roderick Deane, who have supported the summer studentship programme since it began in 2013. 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

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

Meet Peter Besseling and Carol Law, two of our amazing fundraisers

We’re always very grateful to everyone who supports and helps us in word and deed. Our biggest thanks go to the people who raise support for us with their dedication and philanthropic kindness. Read more

Mourning the loss of an extraordinary patron

To our great loss, one of our patrons, Sir John Jeffries, passed away in January. Sir John had long been a supporter of our work. Read more

$300,000 from Hugo keeps our research rolling

We rely on the dedication and kindness of donors to keep our work going. So we were thrilled to recently receive a very large and generous donation of $300,000 from the Hugo Charitable Trust. 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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