Drs Michelle Thunders & Jeremy Owen join Research For Life’s Research Advisory Committee
Drs Michelle Thunders and Jeremy Owen have been appointed to
They replace Prof Brett Delahunt, Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, and
The committee’s other members are
“Jeremy brings specialist knowledge in genomics and microbiology with a broad base in Biomedical science. Jeremy’s skills and talent have been
“Michelle’s expertise in genomics and bioinformatics will be invaluable as the RAC sees an increasing number of grants for exciting biomedical research in this area.
“Brett Delahunt and David Ackerley have both had a long association with the Research Advisory Committee, providing expert advice in the review of grant applications. The Research Advisory Committee will miss their input and we wish them well.”
Established in 1960, the Foundation funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers.
Last year, Research for Life made 12 research grants and nine travel grants worth $173,609. Recent projects funded included research into the basic understanding of cancer, kidney disease and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma.
Grants have been made to researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington - School of Medicine and Health Science; the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research; Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences; Massey University, Wellington; and ESR (The Institute of Environmental Science and Research).
About Research For Life
Research For Life is the public face of the Wellington Medical Research Foundation.
Supporting innovative quality research with a focus on funding those researchers in the early stages of their careers, who – through their work – will advance the quality of
Role of the Foundation
Research For Life (Wellington Medical Research Foundation) is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young, talented people to engage in medical and biomedical research.
The Foundation considers appropriate applications from all individuals and research groups in the Wellington region. We currently lend our support, in particular, to the University of Otago, Wellington - School of Medicine and Health Science, Victoria University of Wellington and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.
The need for medical research
Major discoveries in medicine have been made and continue to be made through fundamental and applied research. By funding such research, we aim to be at the forefront of medical knowledge and technical ability.
Achievements of the Foundation
The Foundation has funded work in many areas, including research into the basic understanding of cancer, kidney disease and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma.
The Wellington Medical Research Foundation is a registered charity, registration number: CC10659