Who we are


The Medical Research Institute of New Zealand is an independent medical research organisation dedicated to investigating the causes of important public health problems In New Zealand and internationally. Our particular focus is on research which has the potential to lead to improvements in clinical management.

Established in late 2001, MRINZ has become internationally recognised as one of New Zealand’s major medical research organisations, publishing innovative research in high impact international journals.

Our main clinical research facility is at the Wellington Regional Hospital.

Latest News

Kia kaha, Christchurch

All of us at the Institute are saddened and shocked by the terrible events in Christchurch on Friday 15th March 2019. Our thoughts go out to all those affected directly and we share the determination to stand strong with all New Zealanders in the face of such actions. Kia Kaha. (Illustration by Artibiotics)

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Letting the right one in: evaluating the generalisability of clinical trials

"Diagnostic labelling" harms targeted therapy research in airways disease. We make a call to adopt the "treatable trait" approach with our latest publication in the European Respiratory Journal: http://erj.ersjournals.com/content/52/6/1802218 Shrimanker R, Beasley R, Kearns C. Letting the right one in: evaluating the generalisability of clinical trials. Eur Respir J 2018; 52: 1802218 [https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02218- 2018].

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Video podcast: NZ Adult Asthma Guidelines: A Quick Reference Guide.

Research Review has published a new video podcast providing an outline of the NZ Adult Asthma Guidelines published in November 2016. The presentation is by Professor Richard Beasley, Physician at Wellington Regional Hospital, and Director of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. The purpose of the Asthma Foundation of New Zealand Quick Reference Guide is to provide simple, practical, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment and management of asthma in adults in a quick reference format. Professor Beasley also focuses on the changes to the guidelines since they were last updated in 2002. You can watch the video podcast here: https://www.researchreview.co.nz/nz/Pages/podcasts-details-public.aspx?site=nz&pid=76  

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The Institute regularly needs volunteers for studies, we currently have the following requirements. If you don't meet the criteria below but are still interested in volunteering for research studies, please contact Mathew mathew.williams@mrinz.ac.nz (or 04-805-0243) so that we can get in touch when future opportunities arise.