The Wellys honour Dr Swee Tan

Dr Swee Tan (left) receiving the Science and Technology Award from Ray Wallace (right), Mayor of Hutt City. Photo credit: John Nicholson, The Dominion Post, Fairfax NZ

It’s not just Gillies McIndoe Research Institute supporters who acknowledge the wonderful work of our founder and executive director, Dr Swee Tan – he’s now been publicly recognised by the prestigious annual Wellingtonian of the Year Awards.

Dr Tan was recently named as the winner of the 2014 Wellingtonian of the Year Awards’ Science and Technology category and was described as being “greatly respected by the international medical and science community and his patients and their families for his pioneering work in vascular birthmarks and cancer”.

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Dr Swee Tan wins Medicines New Zealand Award for research

From left, Hon Heather Roy, Chair of Medicines New Zealand, Dr Swee Tan and Hon Peter Dunne

From left, Hon Heather Roy, Chair of Medicines New Zealand, Dr Swee Tan and Hon Peter Dunne

Swee Tan wins Medicines New Zealand Award for research

Dr Swee Tan has scooped the Medicines New Zealand 2014 Value of Medicines Award for his outstanding work treating newborn babies suffering from disfiguring and life-threatening strawberry birthmarks.

Medicines New Zealand’s $20,000 award aims to stimulate research and advance understanding, effectiveness or safety of the use of medicines or vaccines. Work nominated for the award must be of direct relevance to the current or future provision of healthcare in New Zealand.

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New health partnership to progress cancer cure

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs’ chair, Dr Virginia Hope

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs’ chair, Dr Virginia Hope

The GMRI has established a new health partnership with the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Capital & Coast DHBs in a move that will translate laboratory research into radically improved treatment of diseases, including cancer.

The DHBs have signed a formal memorandum of understanding with the GMRI to promote close interchange, collaboration and sharing of ideas between leading DHB clinicians and the GMRI’s scientists.

“With persistence and the right environment, more effective treatment of many conditions can be found in the future,” Dr Swee Tan says.

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New research benefits babies

Cherise Tan

Cherise Tan

Parents of babies with strawberry birthmarks could have Cherise Tan to thank for making their children’s treatment safer.

A fourth year medical student at the University of Otago, Wellington, Cherise (22), has recently published her research in the prestigious Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Cherise’s article presents the results of using a low-dose propranolol regime for the treatment of strawberry birthmarks.

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Something in the water at the GMRI?

Frederica Steiner

Frederica Steiner

There must be something in the water at the GMRI – Frederica Steiner is the second summer student to have the research she conducted at the Institute recently published in prestigious medical journals.

Frederica (23) is in her final year studying medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington.

She has had two papers published, one in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and the other in the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Her papers assess the effects of treating venous malformation (VM), a type of vascular birthmark, with alcohol injections or surgery.

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