Prof Graham Le Gros, Prof Kathryn McPherson, Steven Joyce, Dr Jonathan Coleman, Graham Malaghan
The Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister of Science and Innovation and the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health chose the Malaghan Institute to announce a $97million dollar increase in funding for health research over the next four years, and a planned public consultation of the Health Research Strategy. You can read the Minister's statement HERE.
CEO of the Health Research Council Professor Kathryn McPherson attended along with several senior New Zealand health researchers. You can read about the New Zealand Health Research Strategy submission process HERE and the HRC's press statement HERE.
Director of the Malaghan Institute Professor Graham Le Gros said, “We were delighted to host the Ministers and some of New Zealand’s most senior health researchers to the Institute for such a positive announcement. The Malaghan Institute’s aim as medical researchers is to translate discovery into new treatments for the diseases which impact the most on New Zealanders; cancer, asthma and allergies and gut health. Everything that a patient experiences in the clinic started somewhere in a lab, but we are starting to see more confidence in ourselves as a nation. The ‘lab’ can be based in New Zealand rather than all discoveries coming from somewhere offshore. This substantial increase in investment, and the planned public consultation, can be seen as an endorsement of home-grown research, and that its integration into the health sector has the potential to raise both the health and wealth of our nation.”