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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