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ADHB RESEARCH OFFICE                                                            MISSION


Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) recognises the value of research for informing clinical practice and improving health outcomes. ADHB comprises the largest clinical research facility in New Zealand, with over 1000 active research projects. Research at Auckland District Health Board attracts funding from more than 100 sources, including public funds, private foundations and commercial sponsors worldwide.

Auckland District Health Board promotes and adheres to the principles of ICH-GCP (Good Clinical Research Practice)  guidelines. As an international clinical research site, ADHB’s human subject protection programme is accredited to receive US federal research funding. These combined capabilities attract expert clinical staff and promote an academic approach based on the highest ethical standards and focused on applications that improve health outcomes.

Research activities at ADHB employ a range of methods to answer questions about health and healthcare delivery.   These include epidemiological studies, clinical trials, outcomes research and operational studies.  Many research projects at ADHB involve collaboration with university researchers both within New Zealand and around the world. Many investigators are world leaders in their field, performing studies that have contributed to the
development of cancer drugs and emerging genetic treatments, the advancement of neuroscience, surgery, paediatrics, molecular medicine, epidemiology of stroke and cardiovascular disease and the understanding of hearing disorders, diabetes and preterm labour. ADHB also hosts and supports student research at both the tertiary and specialist post doctoral level from across all disciplines. 

ADHB’s Research Office facilitates a close working relationship between researchers, clinical staff, ethics committees, funding bodies and commercial sponsors. The Research Office maintains a research database (REACH), with over 900 current projects with a total registry of 6,000. It acts as the entry point for the approval of all research at ADHB. The Research Office’s website,, provides a national resource and acts as a small clearing-house for information about funding, sponsors, resources, courses and contacts.



23 May 2016

New ADHB research application form - v3

As of May 2016 only use v3 of the "Application form for approval of a research project at ADHB" (for the standard approval pathway). The signature sections of the form have been updated to be more consistent with ADHB organisational structure and financial policy. Also, a clinical safety sub-section has been added to the Proposal section (now Section C). The purpose of these questions are to act a prompt for researchers to consider how to pro-actively manage the risk of protocol violations when more than one ADHB department will have significant involvement in the study.

Click here for new application form and guidelines.

Closing soon - A+ Trust Summer Studentships and AAHA Collaboration Fund

Just a reminder for all those intending to submit applications for a A+ Trust summer studentship or the Auckland Academic Health Alliance Collaboration fund that both rounds will be closing soon.

5 April 2016

Updated Research Office SoP - Financial Management of Research Monies

The Standard Operating Procedure for ADHB financial management of research monies has recently been reviewed and updated.

Click here to view the current version

15 March 2016

Auckland Academic Health Alliance (AAHA) Collaboration Fund 2016 now open for applications
The AAHA links the University of Auckland and the Auckland DHB with a goal of delivering better health outcomes for patients and our community. The purpose of this competitive funding round, now in its second year is to encourage and boost relationships between the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) and Auckland DHB research staff and to encourage researchers from both organizations to work together. All applications will have one ADHB and one FMHS co-lead investigator. Applications will be assessed on scientific merit, feasibility and contribution of the research to AAHA Collaboration goals. In 2016 two grants of up to $50000 and two grants of up to $100000 will be awarded. The deadline for applications is 7th June 2016. Visit the AAHA website for application forms and further information.

18 February 2016

April 2016 A+ Trust Research Grants Funding Round now open

Applications are now open for the April 2016 funding round for A+ Trust Research Grants. All ADHB staff are eligible to apply. Investigators can apply for Project grants (maximum value $50,000) or Small Project Grants (maximum value $15,000). Deadline for applications is 1st April 2018. Contact Genevieve Morris at the Research Office for further information and for 2016 application form and guidelines (

The Research Office welcomes Kelly Armstrong!!

Kelly Armstrong joined the Research Office on 16th February to take on the newly created role of Research Reporting Co-ordinator. Kelly will be instrumental in preparing reports about research activity, outputs and compliance. One of her first objectives will be to update our database about the status of older studies so please give her a warm welcome if she gets in touch with you.

9 February 2016

2016 Research Review Committee meeting dates now available

Go to Research Governance tab on left hand menu

13 October 2015

2014 ADHB Research Report now available online

The 2014 of the ADHB Research Report, comprising outputs and achievements of ADHB researchers from 2012 to 2014 is now available from this website (click on link below to access). The report features over 900 new research projects and over 1000 research publication, as well as funding and honours won by our researchers. Congratulations to all whose hard work has contributed to this report.

2014 ADHB Research Report

2 September 2015

ADHB Terms of Trade for clinical research and NZACRes Clinical Trials Costing Tool now available (go to Research Resources tab on left hand menu or click link below)

Research Office News - latest edition March 2015

Click below to access the most recent newsletter from the ADHB Research Office

March 2015 RO Newsletter

24 June 2014

NEW - Ethical Guidelines for ADHB Greenbelt projects involving patients

Go to Research Resources tab (left side of screen) for more information

15 January 2014

ICH-GCP certification now required for named investigators on interventional studies at ADHB

Click here for more information on the ADHB minimum standards for ICH-GCP certification

29 October 2013
Updated - Maori Health Cultural Support for Maori Research Participants at Auckland DHB

Click here for more information

Updated: May 2013
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