Who we are


The Medical Research Institute of New Zealand is an independent medical research organisation dedicated to investigating the causes of important public health problems In New Zealand and internationally. Our particular focus is on research which has the potential to lead to improvements in clinical management.

Established in late 2001, MRINZ has become internationally recognised as one of New Zealand’s major medical research organisations, publishing innovative research in high impact international journals.

Our main clinical research facility is at the Wellington Regional Hospital.

Latest News

Medicinal Applications of cannabis/cannabinoids

Our latest review paper summarising the evidence for cannabis/cannabinoids use in different medical conditions, is free to view for the next 50 days at the following link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1bMwQ,rU~Nnlwr

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Science and the Cannabis Referendum

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Dr Juliet Gerard put together an expert panel to summarise and critique the evidence to help people make up their mind on how to vote. This video overview features leading scientists giving a diverse perspective on the state of the research. Amongst them feature Dr Irene Braithwaite (MRINZ Deputy […]

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How are comics supporting Public Health in the COVID-19 pandemic?

The latest paper from our COVID-19 research programme explores how comics are being used to share public health information globally, and support behaviour change on an unprecedented scale to make it more difficult for the virus to spread. Those with institutional access can read the full paper here: https://doi.org/10.1080/17453054.2020.1761248

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The Institute regularly needs volunteers for studies, we currently have the following requirements. If you don't meet the criteria below but are still interested in volunteering for research studies, please contact Mathew mathew.williams@mrinz.ac.nz (or 04-805-0243) so that we can get in touch when future opportunities arise.