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Latest news under the microscope - Scope 50

26 April 2013


A painting a day for cancer research

Nelson Lakes based cancer survivor Jan Thomson wanted to do something to support cancer research. Being a full-time artist, Jan decided to paint a watercolour a day for a month with the proceeds going to the Malaghan Institute. “Cancer is something that affects all of us, and research into preventing it could save the life of someone close to you,” says Jan. “It has already saved mine!” Jan painted a magnificent selection of watercolours and over $2,800 was raised. Thank you Jan (pictured left) for such a wonderful gesture.


Central Districts Field Days

March 7 – 9 saw the Malaghan Institute take part in the 2013 Central District Field Days held at the Manfeild Car Racecourse, Feilding. Several supporters, budding scientists and new friends popped in to say hello. 30,000 plus visitors enjoyed the huge variety of exhibits and we were proud to be involved. Masterton visitor, Mike Coffey, was the lucky recipient of the James Cook Grand Chancellor Wellington and Hurricanes Super 15 gift package. (Kylie Price pictured with a visitor to the Malaghan Institute exhibit).


How cannibalistic immune cells could help treat gout

With the onset of cooler weather, one of arthritis’ most painful forms is more likely to rear its ugly head. Latest research from the Malaghan Institute reveals how a form of cellular ‘cannibalism’ could ease the symptoms of gouty arthritis. PhD student Stefanie Steiger and Head of the Malaghan Institute’s Arthritis & Inflammation research programme, Dr Jacquie Harper (pictured) have revealed that white blood cells called neutrophils could be part of a cure – once they start ‘eating’ each other that is. Read more about this work in our next issue of Scope or visit www.malaghan.org.nz.


BeSmart Sahara Charity Challenge Auction

The BeSmart Sahara Charity Challenge has really cranked up. Wellington personal trainers Greig Rightford and Willie Tokona completed 5 marathons in 5 days in preparation for their April assault on the 254 km Marathon des Sables. Whilst challenging themselves with the “ultimate test” Greig and Wille are raising awareness and funds for the Malaghan Institute. Supporters also gathered at the Queens Wharf Ballroom, Foxglove at the Wellington Waterfront for a Sports Auction. Legendary sports broadcaster John McBeth MC’d what was a fun evening that raised $26,000. Bring on the Sahara!! You can follow every kilometre on www.malaghan.org.nz.


Recent Grants (Nov 2012 - Mar 2013)

Our sincere thanks to the following Trusts and Foundations for their recent support:

• Infinity Foundation

• Margaret Neave Charitable Trust

• Cuesports


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