Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

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The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is an independent biomedical research institute associated with the Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Malaghan Institute specialises in the immune system, and how it can be harnessed for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, asthma, inflammation, multiple sclerosis and infectious disease. It also researches gut immunology. About half of the activities are directed at cancer research.

The Malaghan Institute first opened in rented premises at the Wellington School of Medicine on 26 July 1979, and was originally the Wellington Cancer and Medical Research Centre in the 1970s. It is named for Len Malaghan, the co-founder of Tip Top Ice Cream Ltd, later General Foods. He died of cancer in 1967 at the relatively young age of 61.[1]

The founding Director was Dr William Stehbens and the current director is Professor Graham Le Gros.[2]


The Institute won the supreme The Dominion Post Gold Award for 2014, recognising their 30-year history of finding better treatments for cancer, asthma and allergies.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Malaghan, Leonard Aloysius Patrick". Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Scope 38 - Where there's research, there's hope | Malaghan". Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Medical research wins accolades". Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

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