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GMRI’s Ranui Baillie wins top award!

ranuiGMRI research student Ranui Baillie has won the top award at the Tri-Society Head and Neck Oncology Meeting recently held in Darwin.

GMRI Executive Director, Dr Swee Tan, who was a two-term President of the Australian Head and Neck Cancer Society, was at the prestigious international meeting and heard Ranui’s presentation of her work on cancer stem cells in tongue cancer.

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GMRI Tissue Bank hugely important for research

GMRI Tissue Bank Governance Committee member, Dr Stuart Johnson

GMRI Tissue Bank Governance Committee member, Dr Stuart Johnson

The GMRI Tissue Bank, established early last year, is hugely important for research purposes and will lead to more effective future treatments for patients, according to Governance Committee member, Dr Stuart Johnson.

Dr Johnson is also the Head of the Pathology Department at Hutt Hospital, which performs the initial processing of much of the Tissue Bank tissue samples.

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Nick celebrates five years alive

Nick White at the finishing line on Mt Fuji

Nick White at the finishing line on Mt Fuji

Former cancer patient and ardent supporter of the GMRI, Nick White, has celebrated being alive for five more years by racing to the top of Japan’s Mt Fuji. The climb took him 4 hours and 45 minutes. The gruelling Mt Fuji Summit Race is held annually and only 50 overseas athletes are allowed to enter. “The experience was as difficult as it was satisfying. It still hasn’t really sunk in that I actually got to the top!” Nick says.

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GMRI invited to present to world experts

GMRI senior research fellow, Dr Tinte Itinteang

GMRI senior research fellow, Dr Tinte Itinteang

GMRI scientist Dr Tinte Itinteang recently presented four papers at the 20th International Workshop of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, held in Melbourne this year.

“This biennial international conference brings together the world’s leading researchers and clinicians in a single venue for the latest updates in scientific discoveries and new treatments for vascular birthmarks,” says Dr Itinteang.

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Dr Swee Tan Honoured at Gold Awards

Dr Swee Tan receiving his Gold Award from the Mayor

Dr Swee Tan receiving his Gold Award from the Mayor

On behalf of everyone associated with the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, I would like to congratulate our executive director, Dr Swee Tan, who was honoured last week by being named the 2014 Inspire Wellington Ambassador.

The Award is presented by the Wellington City Council as part of the Wellington Gold Awards that recognise and celebrate Wellington’s finest.

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GMRI Contributes to Prestigious Book on ACE Inhibitors

ACE Inhibitors book cover copyThe Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI) has contributed a chapter to the most authoritative reference collection of expert articles ever put together on ACE inhibitors.

“The GMRI was invited last year to contribute a chapter to the two-volume book on the state-of-the-art of ACE inhibitors,” says Dr Swee Tan.

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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.

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Our People

Research students, Ranui Baillie (left) and Lucy Sulzberger (right)

Research students, Ranui Baillie (left) and Lucy Sulzberger (right)

The new GMRI premises currently host nine research staff, six honorary research associates and two research students on scholarships, and an executive assistant.

The two research students, Ranui Baillie and Lucy Sulzberger, were part of a group of five summer students working at the GMRI last summer.

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Introducing New GMRI Board Member, Dr Virginia Hope

Dr Virginia Hope

Dr Virginia Hope

New GMRI Board member, Dr Virginia Hope, has just been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health.

The Queen’s Birthday honour recipient was invited to join the board of the GMRI earlier this year as a representative of the Hutt Valley DHB and Capital & Coast DHB.

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State-of-the-Art New Premises for the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute

The Gillies McIndoe Research Institute was officially opened by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon. John Key, at Parliament on 3 December 2013

The Gillies McIndoe Research Institute was officially opened by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon. John Key, at Parliament on 3 December 2013

A well-attended official opening celebration of the new Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI) was held at Parliament in early December and the people working at the new premises in Newtown are now settling in.

The GMRI’s new laboratory and associated facilities were officially opened by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. John Key, and the occasion was hosted by the Hon. Tony Ryall, Minister of Health. The Prime Minister also unveiled a commemorative plaque which is now in the GMRI foyer.

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Be Part of Our Journey

Dr Swee Tan and his team at the GMRI have achieved remarkable success in advancing knowledge relating to strawberry birthmarks and other tumours. This work has the potential to lead to fundamental advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer.

Our scientists are committed to building on the important, internationally-recognised progress they have made to date. It is an exciting journey, made possible, in large part, due to the support and involvement of many people and organisations.

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