Sixty years and more than $62 million

  • 02 Dec 2015

Auckland Medical Research Foundation marks its 60th Anniversary and more than $62 million granted to medical research

Click here if you wish to donate to mark this milestone

AMRF celebrates 60 Years of medical research! from Auckland Medical Research Fndtn on Vimeo.

In 1955 an extraordinary group of 77 foundation members each donated £50 to a capital fund for Auckland led medical research. They recognised that Government research funding would never be adequate to provide all that was required for a sound and stable research base in Auckland and started a drive for life members, annual members and donors to sustain the Foundation.

An endowment was set up in perpetuity for administration costs, enabling 100% of donations to go directly to research, which constituted a strong offering to potential donors. From small beginnings, with many notable New Zealanders contributing on the way, they grew a sustainable and enduring investment fund to provide research grants every year.

On the evening of Monday 23 November, around 300 Foundation members, descendants of early foundation members, donors and supporters, and recipients of grant funding met at a special event hosted by BNZ Partners to celebrate this milestone. After the opening words from the Minister of Health, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister presented an address on the challenges and opportunities in this changing research environment and the many spillover benefits of New Zealand’s contribution globally.

Please enjoy the photos from the event (below), and the audio link of the addresses from the night (above). The presenters are:

  • President of the Board of Trustees of the AMRF, Jeff Todd
  • Shelly Ruha, Director Partners from the BNZ
  • Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Prof Stuart McCutcheon
  • Minister for Health, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
  • The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
  • AMRF’s Executive Director, Kim McWilliams


Please view our latest newsletter with further details.

More News
Tribute to pioneering endocrinology and skeletal health researcher
VIDEO: Cancer and stroke research achievements highlighted in news series
VIDEO: Frontotemporal dementia – young scientist leads research for a cure
Free Public Lecture: Living Longer – A Social Revolution
Tendon research can save millions for the health system
Could this new smartphone app be the answer to reducing NZ's youth suicide rate?