Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

Too many of our loved ones are dying and suffering from diseases we don't know enough about. But we do know the immune system holds the key to prevention, treatment and cures.

Together we can harness the power of the immune system and save lives.


Through helping the immune system better recognise and respond to cancer cells, our aim is to create gentler, more effective cancer treatments.

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Infectious disease

We investigate the immune system's role in infectious diseases such as COVID-19, hepatitis B and influenza to find new treatments and cures.

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Allergic and inflammatory disease

We’re investigating the underlying genetic and environmental factors that lead to allergic and inflammatory diseases to find new ways to target and treat these debilitating conditions.

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It takes everyone to make medical breakthroughs possible and save lives. As New Zealand’s world-class independent biomedical research institute, our research and clinical trials wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of people like you.

As a charity, it's important to us that we understand what interests you about the Malaghan Institute and motivates everyday Kiwis to support biomedical research discoveries in New Zealand. For this reason we are asking those interested to complete a brief supporter survey. It should only take 5 minutes to complete.

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The immune system

The immune system is a complicated and wonderful thing. It’s unlike any organ, yet it’s just as important to our health as our brain, lungs or liver. And the better we can understand it, the more we can harness its power to prevent, treat and cure diseases that affect all our lives. 

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With your support we can gain a deeper understanding of how our immune system works to create better and more accessible treatments for New Zealanders in need.


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