Why is it important?

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. The same is true for medical research.

Medical Research grows hope and finds new cures. It eases the pain of those with terminal conditions and provides more effective treatments. Medical research enables advances in medicine and health that change people’s lives forever.


Your gift to AMRF will help to establish and retain our best emerging talent, repatriate key researchers, build critical capability in the New Zealand research community and fund invaluable research across the spectrum of medicine and health sciences. Your support will make a life-changing difference – a difference that our researchers are working on right here, right now.

A little girl, a doctor, a new lease on life.

Kiriana Elliot was only 8 years old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia and her mum, Ursula, described this as ‘the worst day of our lives’.


The next two years were a roller-coaster for the Elliot family, facing all of the physical, emotional and financial challenges that a cancer diagnosis brings.

Their guiding light throughout was Dr Andrew Wood, Kiriana’s specialist at Starship Hospital and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland undertaking vital research into childhood leukaemia treatments.

A family gift was responsible for bringing Dr Wood back to New Zealand after having worked offshore in America for many years.


In Andrew’s words “The AMRF Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship Award has provided the critical start-up funds for establishing my position at the University of Auckland and the reputation of the AMRF review process is instrumental in helping to attract other research funding needed to carry on this project.”

This gift brought home a talented, respected and experienced researcher and provided Kiriana with the specialist care needed to have her return home to her family in full remission.