Important Medical and Research Collaborators of the GMRI

Dr Eng Tan and Sean MacKay

Dr Eng Tan and Sean MacKay

The GMRI is not working alone on its ground-breaking research – we are collaborating with other reputable organisations and expanding collaboration with a number of others nationally and internationally.

For example, the GMRI is currently collaborating with members of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago in Dunedin on cutting-edge research.

“Following our successful clinical trial using captopril to treat strawberry birthmarks, we are collaborating with Dr Eng Tan and Sean Mackay from the University of Otago to develop a more effective, efficient and safer delivery of captopril (an ACE inhibitor) using nanotechnology,” says Dr Swee Tan.

“This means that we may be able to place the drug directly onto the birthmarks rather than have patients take the drug orally.

“The implications of this will be huge for the patients, who are likely to experience fewer side effects while enhancing the efficiency of drug delivery if they could be treated this way.”

Dr Swee Tan says the drug has now been formulated by the two Otago University researchers and together with the GMRI they are embarking on testing it on cells that have been harvested from strawberry birthmarks in the GMRI laboratory.

Meanwhile the GMRI is expanding its collaboration with clinicians from a number of departments at Hutt Valley DHB and Capital & Coast DHB on clinically important research projects.