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  • 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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  • 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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Putting people first on the GMRI’s journey to success

Success for the GMRI’s new chief scientist, Dr Sean Hall, will mean two things: helping our team reach its research goals and setting a good example. 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

Two passionate researchers and their exciting projects

Dr Amanda Peacock has been investigating stem cells in breast cancer, and Dr Sam Siljee is starting a PhD study on treating keloid disorder. Read more

Our clinical trials are making steady progress

Our clinical trials are ticking along with the help of our new coordinator, Ruth, and we’re ready to go to the next phase of our glioblastoma trial. Read more

Making valuable progress during a very challenging year

The past 12 months have seen the world face the enormous challenge of dealing with the COVID‑19 global pandemic and the resulting health and economic crisis. Read more

Your opportunity to make a real difference

As a charity, our goals are unashamedly aspirational — the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute exists to reduce human suffering and improve lives. With your help we can achieve our goals. 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

 

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