19 November 2015
Auckland Medical Research Foundation marks 60th Anniversary
In 1955 an extraordinary group of 77 foundation members each donated 50 pounds to a capital fund for Auckland led
medical research. They recognised that Government research funding would never be adequate to provide all that was
required for a sound and stable research base in Auckland and started a drive for life members, annual members and
donors to sustain the Foundation.
An endowment was set up in perpetuity for administration costs, enabling 100% of donations to go directly to research,
which constituted a strong offering to potential donors. From small beginnings, with many notable New Zealanders
contributing on the way, they grew a sustainable and enduring investment fund to provide research grants every year.
On the evening of Monday 23 November, around 300 Foundation members,
descendants of early foundation members, donors and supporters, and recipients of grant funding will meet at a special
event hosted by BNZ Partners to celebrate this milestone. After the opening words from the Minister of Health, Hon Dr
Jonathan Coleman, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister will present an address on the
challenges and opportunities in this changing research environment and the many spillover benefits of New Zealand’s
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