School of Medicine

Surgical Research Network - Message from the Director

Welcome to the Surgical Research Network


The Surgical Research Network was established in 2007 to bring together a number of important research themes and to provide vital support to surgeons and surgical trainees interested in undertaking research related to surgery and diseases that are treated by surgery.

Our aim is therefore to develop the SRN as a cornerstone of research excellence to better understand the challenges of surgical diseases and to develop new approaches to treatment that will result in better outcomes for our patients.

The research encompasses laboratory science, translational research, and clinical trials. The two divisions of the SRN are the 'Applied Surgery and Metabolism Laboratory' (ASML) and the 'Surgical Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation' (SCORE).

The SRN has quickly established itself as the leading environment in Australia and New Zealand for doctoral research by surgical trainees, with 25 of the current 35 doctoral students being medical graduates who have embarked on a surgical career.

Principal investigators are based in a number of surgical specialties and a number of teaching hospitals. They have established significant collaborations within The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and overseas. These include with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities for you to be involved in surgical research and the ways in which the SRN can assist your academic aspirations. You will be introduced to the leading surgeon-scientists and an outline of research themes.


Professor John Windsor
Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Research Network
The University of Auckland