Auckland Medical Research Foundation Awards over $1.8m to medical researchers

20 December 2012

Research projects at The University of Auckland ranging from the therapeutic management of noise and age-related hearing loss to trying to identify the best embryo to use in IVF with older women will be undertaken thanks to the latest funding round of the Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF). The second AMRF granting round for 2012 saw $1,829,582 in funding to medical researchers in the Auckland region.

Auckland Medical Research Foundation Executive Director, Kim McWilliams says, “More research is the only way we can ensure genuine advances in medicine and outcomes for patients. From our beginnings, we have promoted research of high scientific value and purpose across the full spectrum of medical science. Many of these researchers already have, and will go on to become leaders and internationally recognised in their particular discipline or field of medicine”.

“We are once again humbled and thrilled by the support the AMRF provides our researchers at the University,” says Professor John Fraser, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

“The AMRF have stood behind research in the region over six decades, and their support has had direct and positive effects on the lives and outcomes of many, many New Zealanders. We could not be more appreciative of their unflagging support.”

The successful grants included 12 research projects ($1,355,887); 3 travel grants ($6,385) for researchers to present their research overseas, 3 Doctoral Scholarships ($302,250) and 1 Fellowship ($165,060). Project grants were awarded over a variety of research areas ranging from hearing loss, obesity, immune deficiency, neurological disease, breast cancer research, mapping of persistent atrial fibrillation and head injury.

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation is a major independent funding agency and charitable trust that provides contestable funding for medical research across the complete spectrum of modern medicine. Over the last 57 years we have distributed over $47 million in funding to a wide range of research activities – currently around $3 million annually.

Our Foundation is unique in the charity sector, in that every dollar donated from within the community goes directly and fully (100%) to research. Our administration costs are generously paid by a benefactor.

For further information on the current grants awarded and application forms for future grant rounds see our website 


For further information please contact:

Kim McWilliams
Executive Director 
Auckland Medical Research Foundation 
Ph:09 923 1701 or 021339520