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

Adding an inhaler to Emergency Department care could reduce asthma admissions by 27%

Around 1 in 6 New Zealanders (around 830,000) have asthma, a bit above the world average which is 10-15% of adults. Asthma attacks are a common and important reason for patients with asthma to attend the emergency department (ED). Many of these people need to be admitted into hospital for ongoing treatment. Standard treatments for […]

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Taking a combination inhaler ‘as-needed’ could control asthma at one fifth the dose of regular therapy

Symptoms of asthma are caused by inflammation of the airways. This can be treated with a combination inhaler which contains medicine to reduce inflammation and open up the airways. It can be prescribed in two ways: A person takes the medication regularly, whether or not they have symptoms. A person takes extra doses of medication […]

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25 years of progress in asthma care

Our Director Professor Beasley has written a commentary on advances in asthma care to celebrate 25 years of the Respirology Journal. It’s a fascinating read to see how far we have come, and where we might be going next. You can read the open access article here: http://bit.ly/2TeYi10 Figure reproduced from research by Professor Ian […]

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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.