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News under the microscope - Scope 51

29 July 2013



 Malaghan Institute Charity Golf Tournaments

With the golf season well and truly under way so too are arrangements for the Friends of the Malaghan Institute Annual Charity Golf Tournaments. These events are entering their 16th year and well over $1 million dollars has been raised by our very passionate Friends.

We again welcome our loyal supporters and invite new ones to join us.

2013 Events are:
• Hawkes Bay – Friday 1st November at Hastings Golf Club.
• Wellington – Friday 15th November at Manor Park Golf Club, supported by Lexus of Wellington.
• Auckland – Friday 6th December at the Grange Golf Club, supported by the David Levene Foundation.


 From Oxford to Kelburn; all for the sake of gut health

Dr Hazel Poyntz.

Dr Hazel Poyntz is a recent arrival at the Malaghan Institute; she was given the opportunity to come to New Zealand in early 2013 to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Dr Elizabeth Forbes-Blom in the Gut Inflammation Group. Their research aims to understand the earliest events in food allergy, in the quest to develop new strategies for treatment and prevention. Dr Poyntz grew up in Hampshire, United Kingdom and studied for her undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol. She graduated in 2008 and went on to study for her DPhil at the University of Oxford and qualified in 2012.

During her two years here, Dr Poyntz and husband Dave are looking forward to checking out our ski fields and running tracks. Welcome Hazel, there will be no ribbing from the Kiwi contingent at the Institute about the state of English Rugby or Cricket.

Funding for this research project is provided as a Smart Ideas grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


 Inspired to run for a reason

Kirsten Matthews and Rachel Maries.

Kirsten Mathews and Rachel Maries (pictured) are two Wellingtonians on a mission. Coming back from a tough year and a past spinal injury, they have set a goal to complete the Adidas Auckland Marathon in November and raise money for cancer research at the Malaghan Institute. “We wanted to run for a cause,” says Rachel. “We all know somebody who has fought their battle with cancer, and we have both lost someone close to us.” Kirsten says “we would like to support medical research in finding a cure”. Having just completed the 13km In the Footsteps of the Marines event and 21km in the Aurora Handicap Marathon they are gearing up for their next ‘training’ half marathon next month. You can find out more and sponsor them by visiting www.running4research.com.


Six ways to support our research:

As New Zealand’s leading independent medical research institute, we are reliant on grants and public support for our valuable work. We are registered with the Charities Commission and all donations over NZ$5 are tax deductible. There are several ways for you to get more involved. To find out more, contact Victoria Hale on 04 499 6914 ext 821 or email [email protected].

4. BE A SPONSOR (corporate or individual)
5. JOIN A VOLUNTEER FRIENDS GROUP - contact Jenny Sim on +64 4 499 6914 ext 811 or [email protected] to find out more


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