About Us

The Surgical Research Trust was established in 1991 by renowned orthopedic surgeon Professor Geoffrey Horne.

Professor Horne set up to the Trust initially to support the development of research in the Department of Surgery of the Wellington School of Medicine. Today the Trust also supports research in several surgical departments throughout New Zealand.


The main aim of the Surgical Research Trust is to give researchers the opportunity to further medical and surgical knowledge by funding their chosen research projects.  


The Trust has funded about 90 research projects since it was established, including research into areas such as paediatrics, diabetes, orthopaedics and heart, renal and brain disease.


Annually, we receive funding through sponsors, bequests, donations from members of the public, and support through the medical supply industry. The Trust also relies on other trusts to support particular research activities. Our current main sponsor is Wellington-based buggy manufacturer, phil&teds.


The Trust is immensely proud of the research we have funded over the years as surgical research benefits all members of the New Zealand community and is of tremendous significance to the international surgical community.


The Trustees hope the level of support for the Surgical Research Trust will continue to grow so that medical practitioners can further develop and advance the medical profession for future generations.

If you would like to find out more about the Trust and its activities, contact us on surgicaltrust@gmail.com.  



Click here to download the Trust’s latest annual report.

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