Fundraising for the future

Dr Sean Hall stands in front of a whiteboard. He wears glasses and is speaking into a small mouthpiece.

Our Chief Scientist Dr Sean Hall talked about his work developing human organoids at a recent morning tea at Seatoun Bowling Club in Wellington.

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.

At the event, our Chief Scientist Dr Sean Hall talked about his work developing human organoids, to better understand and treat cancer, vascular birthmarks, and fibrotic conditions. Human organoids are microscopic organs grown from human cells.

The second presentation was given by our Executive Director Dr Swee Tan. Swee gave an update on the encouraging results from our Phase I clinical trial on glioblastoma, a severe type of brain cancer.

We have many people to thank for this event: Carol Law and her enthusiastic team for their organisational and catering skills, the Seatoun Bowling Club for hosting us, our MC John Ashby for his usual charm, Kevin Newson for his ongoing support, and of course the donors who were present. We also sincerely thank those who donated the prizes for our auction.

We’d love to see you at our event in June

In June, our 2020/21 summer students will present findings from their projects. This summer’s students were Min Xin Lee, Lachlan Parlane, and Jason Su. Once again, we thank the Deane Endowment Trust for supporting our summer student programme. Matt Munro will also present findings of his PhD study at the event.

When: 4.30pm 21 June
Where: The Wellington Club

To register for this event please contact Cindy Naresh.

Phone: 04 282 0366

Our thanks to everyone who makes these events a success

From our team of organisers to our other supporters and donors — thank you for your ongoing involvement and support. Our achievements are only possible with your help!