The Foundation was established in 1986 to promote, encourage and sustain medical research in the Waikato region.
Since establishment, the Foundation has received assets of over $1m and has supported research projects including studies of leukaemia, infant feed, healing of ligaments, stroke, breath testing for stomach infection, renal failure, medical ultrasound, synthetic hip joints, diabetes, eye disease associated with contact lenses, head injury therapy, medically useful natural products, antibacterial properties of human breast milk and of honey, asthma, blood flow to the brains of premature infants, prostate surgery, breast cancer, coping with disability, disease of the pancreas, synthetic bone, and damage to heart muscles. The financial support provided to these projects has been over $2.3m.
Most of the research listed here has been performed in the major Waikato institution : University of Waikato, Waikato Hospital, AgResearch, WINTEC - and with the establishment of a Clinical School of Medicine and appointment of Waikato's first Medical Professors (at the Peter Rothwell Academic Centre, Waikato Hospital), we anticipate a growth in research potential and a need for more funding.
The Foundation has a Board of Trustees and a Grants Committee which assesses requests for funding of research applications annually. All applications are required to meet the standards for national funding by the Health Research Council. The trustees have a wide range of skills, scientific, social, medical and financial.
The Foundation is particularly well supported by Trust Waikato, which effectively doubles the funding for health research that the Foundation's own income, from investments, can supply. The demand for health research specific to the needs of people of the Waikato region is increasing and the Foundation seeks further support from organisations and people of the region.
The WMRF broad funding policy is that: