Surgical Research Trust anniversary at Museum Art Hotel - 3 September 2014

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Studentship Press Release

posted Sep 22, 2013, 7:26 PM by Adam Li   [ updated Oct 2, 2013, 11:01 PM ]

Wellington research into newborn infant deaths wins accolade

A student research project looking into the pathologies associated with neonatal death has been judged the top University of Otago, Wellington Summer Studentship for 2012/13.

The findings confirmed the importance of post mortem examination in helping to understand the reasons for death when term infants die soon after birth. The study found that in many cases important information was obtained from examination of the placenta and umbilical cord as well as from the infant.

In March 2013 Hamish Green presented his report to judges of the University of Otago’s Wellington Summer Studentship programme.  

Studentships are granted to selected New Zealand university students who spend 10 weeks from November to February completing a chosen research project. This project was based in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Hamish was sponsored by the Wellington-based Surgical Research Trust through a $5,000 grant from major Trust donor, buggy manufacturer phil&teds, which is also Wellington-based. His win as top presented report grants him an extra $700 from the Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc. and the University of Otago.

The Surgical Research Trust was set up in Wellington 20 years ago to support innovative surgical research at the University of Otago, Wellington in Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As part of that support, the Trust sponsors three or four students each year to complete a summer studentship. phil&ted’s funds much of the Trust’s paediatric research projects.

Hamish says he hopes that further research occurs as a result of his initial findings. “This is an important area of research and I’m very grateful to the Trust and phil&teds for their support of my project.”

Hamish, who is now into the 5th year of his medical degree, hopes to further develop his paper so that it can be published in a national or international medical journal, like many of the Trust’s previous studentship papers.

Two other students were sponsored by the Surgical Research Trust last summer; Jamie Andrews and Braid MacRae.

For more information please contact:

Kirsty Fyfe

Surgical Research Trust

021 710 005

SRT sponsors press release

posted Sep 22, 2013, 7:23 PM by Adam Li   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 12:38 AM ]

Wellington businessman announces funding support for local medical researchers

Young medical researchers at the Surgical Research Trust in Wellington are being given a financial boost thanks to Chris Parkin, owner of Museum Art Hotel.

The Museum Art Hotel Studentship, worth $5,000, will enable one student to work on a medical research project for 10 weeks over the summer of 2013/2014. Previous Trust studentships have resulted in publication in international research papers and peer reviewed journals.

“I am a huge believer in fostering local talent and this studentship is about giving young people a fantastic opportunity to gain further skills and experience. The research projects enable the students to get exposed to research as a discipline and some will hopefully go on to do further research and advance New Zealand’s health status,” said Chris Parkin, owner of Museum Art Hotel.

The Surgical Research Trust was established in 1992 by Wellington renowned orthopaedic surgeon Professor Geoffrey Horne to fund local and national surgical research. Every summer the Trust, via its sponsors, funds three or four studentships.

As well as funding students, the Trust supports established researchers throughout New Zealand and has funded about 90 projects, including those of surgeon Prof Swee Tan at Hutt Hospital, pediatrician Prof Kevin Pringle at Wellington Hospital and diabetes and obesity expert, Prof Richard Stubbs.

Prof Thorne said he was delighted that the Museum Art Hotel and Chris Parkin were supporting the trust.

“We rely fully on philanthropy and are very incredibly grateful when a new sponsor comes on board. We hope the relationship with the Museum Art Hotel and Chris Parkin becomes long term. It’s a fantastic example of a Wellington business supporting the pursuit of excellence and knowledge, in this case in surgical research, and helping raise the city’s profile among the international community.”

The Museum Art Hotel Studentship will be awarded to a student in September. Wellington-based communications company Ideas Shop and buggy manufacturer phil&ted’s will also fund studentships this summer.

Media release

31 August 2013

For more information contact Geoffrey Horne on 021 634 715 or

News article phil&teds

posted Sep 22, 2013, 7:20 PM by Adam Li   [ updated Sep 22, 2013, 7:20 PM ]

Art Helps Heart Health

posted Sep 22, 2013, 7:00 PM by Adam Li   [ updated Sep 22, 2013, 7:07 PM ]

18 September 2013

Wellington art co-operative, ARTrove, is sponsoring a medical student this summer after raising more than $3,000 for the Surgical Research Trust at its 2013 exhibition opening night.

The artwork of 14 talented Wellington artists was for sale at the opening night fundraiser with a portion of each sale going to the Trust.

The $3100 raised will form the new ARTrove Studentship and help a student at the Otago School of Medicine, Wellington to study ‘ECGs and clinical outcomes following acute coronary syndromes’ this summer.

Through its sponsors, the Surgical Research Trust funds three or four studentships every summer in Wellington. The ARTrove team joins other Wellington-based sponsors (phil&ted’s, the Museum Art Hotel and Ideas Shop) in fostering young research talent in this way.

ARTrove was started in 2011 by three Wellington artists, Adele Eagleson, Karen Hamilton-Smith and Kirsty Fyfe, who are all passionate about creativity and about sharing affordable art with the public.

Karen Hamilton-Smith said the group was delighted about sponsoring a medical student.

“It’s wonderful that we’re able to support vital research into heart conditions, which affect a huge percentage of our population and touch many families. We love the fact that through people buying art, others in the future may benefit from heart research.”

Trust chair Prof. Geoffrey Horne said the Trust was extremely grateful to ARTrove for using its opening night as a fundraiser.

“In terms of value for money, studentships are fantastic value for the research dollar. Often the research gets written up in international peer-reviewed journals and the young researchers go on to undertake further important research.”

The Surgical Research Trust was set up in 1991 by Prof Horne (ONZM) to fund local and national surgical research and since then has funded about 90 projects. The Summer Student Research Programme began in 1992.

The ARTrove 2013 exhibiting artists were Adele Eagleson, Amie McCarron, Anna Stichbury, Brian Nelson, Bruce Luxford, Clare Matthews, Ian Hamlin, Karen Hamilton-Smith, Karina Rossiter, Kirsty Fyfe, Kylie Law, Maude Heath, Nicki Stewart and Paul Vincent.

Intro to Radio NZ piece

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Adam Li   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 8:37 PM ]

Professor Geoffrey Horne was on Radio New Zealand National’s Afternoons programme with Jim Mora Audio on Tuesday 20 August 2013.

Prof Horne was on the Best Song Ever Written segment and talked about his formative years, his surgical career and his work with the Surgical Research Trust before choosing the best song; 'Read My Mind' by The Killers.

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