We warmly congratulate team member Matt Munro on completing his PhD study. Matt began with the GMRI as a research assistant in 2016. In 2017, he began his PhD study working alongside our research team. Matt will continue with us as a post-doctoral research fellow. His next project investigates a possible cause of colon cancer, under the supervision of our Chief Scientist Dr Sean Hall.
While our researchers busily work behind closed doors, we’re fortunate to have dedicated helpers organising events where we share our research with the wider community. One such occasion was a morning tea at the Seatoun Bowling Club in February.
The event helped us raise $18,800, thanks to generous donations from local businesses and a number of people. The money will go towards our research programme and clinical trial. We’ll hold similar events in May and June.
In October last year, we ran an article about former summer student Dr Sam Siljee investigating a new low-cost treatment for keloid disorder. Sam was recently awarded a PhD scholarship by Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) for his PhD research, which will be carried out at the GMRI and VUW.
Results of our Phase I clinical trial on glioblastoma, a severe brain cancer, show that the our treatment is safe with minimal side effects, preserves patients’ quality of life, and could extend life expectancy. We’re seeking more funding to start our glioblastoma Phase II clinical trial, where we plan to treat more patients at an earlier stage in their illness.
As we prepare to commence our Phase II clinical trial for glioblastoma, a severe brain cancer, we need more support than ever. We’ve made it this far because of the generous support of many people. We’re grateful to every one of you, whether you’ve helped us as a donor, a patient, an attendee at one of our public events, or as a helpful hand behind the scenes.