The Surgical Research Trust was established in 1991 by renowned orthopaedic 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.

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Latest News

  • Surgical Research Trust anniversary at Museum Art Hotel - 3 September 2014
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:30 AM by Surgical Research
  • Studentship Press Release 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 ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2013, 11:01 PM by Adam Li
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Recent Projects


Funds were awarded to Jonathan Foo and Prof Richard Stubbs to identify gene transcription changes in the liver that occur in response to gastric bypass performed for the treatment of morbid obesity. Obesity results in diabetes, which is rapidly reversed following gastric bypass, and the gene transcription changes are thought to be the basis of this reversal of diabetes.


Dr Patries Herst and research officer Carole Grasso were given funding to look at the effect of high dose ascorbate (vitamin C) and radiation on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumours in mice. GBM brain tumours are highly aggressive and invasive due to their extreme chemotherapy and radiation resistance.

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