The Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, headed by Dr Swee Tan, is conducting ground-breaking research into the treatment of disfiguring and
We are already making a difference - the work of the GMRI underpins the new way of treating strawberry birthmarks.
The GMRI is investigating the role of stem cells in cancer and other conditions including vascular birthmarks and keloid scar.
New GMRI Board member, Dr Virginia Hope, has just been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health. The Queenfs Birthday honour recipient was invited to join the board of the GMRI earlier this year as a representative of the Hutt Valley DHB and Capital & Coast DHB. gVirginia is a well-respected practicing public health physician with wide research experience. As Chair of the HVDHB and CCDHB she has drawn on her extensive health sector experience. Previously Virginia was an elected member of the Auckland DHB and Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Review Group and the National Health Board. Her formal qualifications are very impressive, comprising BHB, MBChB, Dip Comm H, MPhil (Hons), FAFPHM, FNZCPHM and FRACMA,h says GMRI Board Chair, Paul Baines. Dr Hope says she is thrilled to join the GMRI Board. gThe GMRI grew from work done at the HVDHB. We recognise that the work that has been done has contributed to massive improvements in the quality and outcomes of care that can be given to people with strawberry birthmarks and we very much want to see this work continue and develop on the new site at CCDHB,h says Dr Hope. Dr Hope says she has high hopes for what the GMRI can ultimately achieve. gThe work currently under way has potential implications for health more widely, including treatment of a range of cancers. gIt would be wonderful to see this come to pass and to be put into practice.h