School of Medical Sciences


ACSRC Research groups

Our research warriors at the ACSRC are fighting to conquer cancer, one of the biggest killers in New Zealand. 

Read more about our cutting edge cancer research groups:

You may also be interested in Dr Hicks' research with Pre-clinical models

Experimental Therapeutics Group


Exploiting the tumour microenvironment to improve cancer targeting and therapy.

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PR104 and related dinitrobenzamide mustard prodrugs 
Professor Bill Wilson and Dr Adam Patterson

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SN 30000 and related tirapazamine analogues as hypoxia-selective anticancer drugs
Professor Bill Wilson, Dr Kevin Hicks and Dr Jingli Wang

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Medicinal Chemistry Group


Design, synthesis and development of new drugs for the treatment of cancer, tuberculosis and immunosuppression.

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Development of novel tuberculosis drugs
Associate Professor Brian Palmer

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Free Radical Research (FRR) Group
Associate Professor Bob Anderson

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Molecular Modelling
Dr Jack Flannagan

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Perforin Inhibitors
Dr Julie Spicer

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Selective Inhibitors of Phoso-inositide 3-Kinases
Professor Bill Denny, Associate Professor Gordon Rewcastle and Dr Jackie Kendall

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Targeting hypoxia and HIF-1
Associate Professor Mike Hay

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Stromal Targeting Group


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Read more about the Translational Therapeutics Team

Tumour Biology Group


Project Leader: Professor Bruce Baguley

The development of topoisomerase inhibitors and determination of their mechanism of action, analysing the effect drugs have on the cell cycle, and the investigation of resistance mechanisms.

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Cancer Clinical Pharmacology Group


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