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Scope 43 - Whats been happening...

15 October 2010

Our scientists in the spotlight

Ever Wondered?, a new science show on TVNZ 7, takes you behind the scenes to look at what is being achieved at the cutting edge of science in NZ. Kylie Price, the Institute's Flow Cytometry Manager, along with Neurosurgeon and Malaghan Clinical Research Fellow Martin Hunn, recently featured in an episode that looked at how science and technology is aiding medical research. Another Malaghan Institute scientist who you may have caught a glimpse of on TV recently is Infectious Diseases Group Leader, Dr Joanna Kirman. Dr Kirman was filmed for the TV3 show ‘What's really in our...' discussing bacteria and viruses in the episode on ‘Soaps and Cleansers'.

Science Learning Hub website

Our scientists have also been sharing their knowledge and passion for science on the Science Learning Hub website. Managed by the University of Waikato, this website provides resources for teachers of school years 5-10 and is developed in collaboration with NZ scientists. Keep an eye out for our scientists in the upcoming section entitled ‘Fighting Infection' on www.sciencelearn.org.nz.

AMI Insurance - supporting valuable research

AMI Insurance has again shown its wonderful support of the Malaghan Institute by confirming their principal sponsorship of the upcoming Auckland charity golf tournament. AMI's partnership with the Institute has spanned more than a decade and their generosity has included the sponsorship of our annual Lollipop Appeal, the Asthma Laboratory and many Friends fundraising events. A huge thank you to John Balmforth (CEO) and his team at AMI Insurance and our congratulations on their recent ‘Services to the Community' award from the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Insurance and Finance Industry Awards.

Launch into Inner Space

Long time supporter and leading NZ Fashion Designer, Petrena Miller, has created some unique fashion garments for a new range called "Inner Space". These tops are available for sale through retailers in NZ and Australia with a percentage of sales donated to the Malaghan Institute. First revealed on the catwalk during the Auckland Friends' fundraiser, these garments display an image of a dendritic cell that has been turned into something very funky and fashionable. They make great gifts for yourself or for others (there is even a T-Shirt for the guys!).