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

Dr Fu presents the “Taking Charge after Stroke (TACAS)” intervention at the European Stroke Organisation Conference

Dr Vivian Fu recently presented her exciting PhD research “Taking Charge after Stroke“ on a simple but effective intervention which improved patient quality of life, ability to live independently and to perform activities of daily living. Traditionally stroke research has focussed on the hyper-acute management, in the belief that intervention early on makes the most […]

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Trial re: oxygen use in surgery wins vital feasibility funding from Health Research Council

For patients undergoing surgery, could less oxygen be better than more? Press release via Health Research Council One of New Zealand’s leading clinical researchers is a step closer to embarking on a major trial to determine whether the conservative use of oxygen during surgery improves post-operative outcomes compared with the liberal amounts recommended now.   […]

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1 News interview MRINZ director about “ground-breaking” asthma research which could more than half risk of severe exacerbations

1 in 6 New Zealanders has asthma, and many require two inhalers – a ‘preventer’ and a ‘reliever’. Increased treatment complexity has been shown to reduce adherence to that prescription – which could nullify any benefit. 1 News interviewed MRINZ director Professor Richard Beasley about the recent publication of ground-breaking asthma research, which showed a […]

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Currently recruiting for:

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.