We invest in a broad range of research on issues important to New Zealand, and support the development of health research careers. Our mission is 'benefiting New Zealand through health research'.
We celebrate New Zealand health research excellence by awarding two medals annually:
The Beaven Medal, named after the late Professor Sir Donald Ward Beaven, KNZM, CBE (1924 – 2009), acknowledges Sir Don’s long time interest in translating research into clinical practice. We first awarded the Medal in 2010 and it is presented annually to a recipient who has been recognised for excellence in translational research.
The HRC introduced the Liley Medal in 2004, in recognition of Sir William Liley, KCMG, BMedSc, MBChBPhD FRZNZ, FRCOG (1929 - 1983) and his leadership of scientific endeavour in New Zealand. We annually present the Liley Medal to a recipient whose recent research has made an outstanding contribution to the health and medical sciences.
The HRC is now seeking nominations for the Liley Medal for 2016.
The medal honours the outstanding contributions made by Sir William Liley KCMG, BMedSc, MB, ChB, PhD (ANU), Hon. DSc (VUW), Dip Obs, FRSNZ, FRCOG, Hon. FACOG while at the National Women’s Hospital in Auckland. Read more about Sir William Liley (PDF 10.2kb).
This award is presented to an individual or team who have had a significant piece of research published* in the previous calendar year (January–December 2015) that has made a significant contribution to health and medical science.
This year the award will be presented at the Royal Society Research Honours Dinner on Wednesday, 23 November in Christchurch.
Nominations should include:
- an electronic copy of the full research paper, or description of the innovative application of research knowledge
- a cover letter with a brief (<250 word) description of the submitted work, its contribution to, and potential for impact on, its research field or healthcare best practice
Further information can be found here (PDF 482.77kb).
Nominations close at 1pm on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. Please send nominations to Dr Katie Palastanga.
* Authors must have permission for dissemination from the publisher.
Previous recipients include:
2015 - Distinguished Professor Ian Reid from the University of Auckland for his outstanding contribution to health and medical sciences in advancing treatment of the bone disorder osteoporosis.
2014 - Professor Edward Gane from Auckland City Hospital for demonstrating a safer, more effective treatment for people with hepatitis C virus. Watch Professor Gane talk about his research on One News.
2013 - Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago, Christchurch, for his highly-cited research that revealed New Zealand's dramatic rise in infectious diseases.
2012 - No award made.
2011 - Dr Chris Pemberton from the University of Otago, Christchurch, for his contribution to health and medical sciences in the field of cardiovascular medicine.
2010 - Professor Stephen Robertson from the University of Otago, Dunedin, for his outstanding research which demonstrates the critical nature of developmental timing of key genetic events and will encourage new ways of thinking about cancer.
2009 - Professor Allan Herbison from the University of Otago, Dunedin, for his work that may lead to new treatments for infertility.
2008 - Jointly awarded to Professor Edward Baker from The University of Auckland, and Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago, Wellington. Professor Baker has made significant findings that could lead to new treatments to fight the organism that causes Strep throat, Streptococcus pyogenes. Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman led the landmark Housing Insulation and Health Study, which showed people's health could be transformed by keeping homes warm and dry and has had a positive impact on housing policy in New Zealand.
2007 - Professor Innes Asher from The University of Auckland, for studying the change in prevalence of asthma, rhinitis and eczema in children worldwide.
2006 - Associate Professor Lianne Woodward from the University of Canterbury, for her work in predicting neurodevelopmental risk in children born very premature.
2005 - Professor Richard Faull from The University of Auckland, for his work identifying that, contrary to previously held views, the diseased human brain has the potential to generate new neurons and to repair itself in response to brain cell death.
2004 - The inaugural Liley Medal for Health Research was awarded to Professor Richie Poulton from the University of Otago, Dunedin, for his work identifying a genetic connection between life stress and depression.
The HRC is now seeking nominations for the Beaven Medal for 2016.
The Beaven Medal, named after the late Professor Sir Donald Ward Beaven, KNZM, CBE (1924–2009) (PDF 58kb), acknowledges Sir Don’s long time interest in translating research into clinical practice. The medal is offered annually for excellence in translational health research.
Nominations should include:
- the name and contact details of the nominee
- a brief statement (no more than three A4 pages) addressing the following criteria:
- translation of the nominee’s research into clinical practice
- engagement by the nominee with community partners and health care providers
- a commitment by the nominee to making a difference to the lives of patients and health of the population
- the nominee’s connection to the HRC
- supporting, and carefully selected (rather than comprehensive), evidence of translation
Further information can be found here (PDF 439kb).
Nominations are due at the HRC by 1pm on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. Please send nominations to Dr Katie Palastanga.
Previous recipients include:
2015 - Professor Ed Mitchell from the University of Auckland/Auckland District Health Board received the Beaven Medal for his groundbreaking research into cot death (now known as sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS), which has saved many thousands of young lives.
2013 - Professor Parry Guilford from Otago University was presented with the Beaven Medal for his outstanding research into stomach cancer.
2011 - Professor Edward Gane from Auckland City Hospital received the Beaven Medal for his research into whether better surveillance can prevent liver cancer and death in Māori with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
2010 - The inaugural Beaven Medal for excellence in translational research was presented to Dr Martin Than, a consultant specialist in emergency medicine at the Canterbury District Health Board, for research that will provide an innovative and workable change to the medical decision-making process for patients presenting acutely to emergency departments, with chest pain, that may be due to a heart attack. Read more about Dr Than's research findings.