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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.



6 October 2015

2015 ADHD Young Investigator Award and Research Poster Competition - entries are now open!

If you have completed a research project in the last year you are invited to submit an application for the Young Investigator Award (oral presentation - eligibility criteria apoply) or Research Poster Competition (display in level 5 Atrium, 23-27th November). Winners will receive a prize and the esteem of their colleagues!! Click link below for instructions on how to apply or contact Mary Righton at the Research Office (

News/Research events/AAHA YoungInvestigatorAward and Posters advert.pdf

We encourage you to inform your colleagues by sharing the results of your research in one or both of these competitions.


2 September 2015

Five successful projects benefit from Auckland Academic Health Alliance Collaboration Fund

Five grants totaling $400,000 for collaborative research projects between scientists and clinicians from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the Auckland District Health Board were announced in August.

Congratulations to the successful applicants!

Professor Jillian Cornish (UOA Medicine) and Dr John Ferguson (ADHB Orthopaedics): Project on the ‘Clinical efficacy of bone dust harvested at the time of orthopaedic spinal surgery’.
Dr Stefan Bohlander (UOA Molecular Medicine and Pathology) and Dr Neil van de Water (ADHB Diagnostic Genetics): Project on ‘Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Diagnostics in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)’.
Dr Darren Svirskis (UOA Pharmacy) and Ian Costello (ADHB Pharmacy): Project on the ‘Development of a stability database to support transition to an ambulatory infusion chemotherapy service model’.
Professor Peter Stone (UOA Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and Dr Kevin Ellyett (ADHB Respiratory Measurement Laboratory): Project on ‘The effect of maternal sleep practice on maternal and fetal physiology: a link with stillbirth’.
Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery (UOA Physiology) and Associate Professor Jonathan Skinner ADHB Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Services): Project on ‘Joining of hearts and minds to address the cellular basis of Long QT Syndrome’.

For media enquiries email or Mark Fenwick

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

4 March 2015

Updated - RRC deadlines and meeting dates for 2015 (go to Research Governance tab on left hand menu or click link below)

17 November 2014

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

14 November 2014

Heart Foundation Research Grants available 2015

There will only be one granting round in 2015 for Project Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships, Small Projects and Grants-in-aid.  This will be held in July.  However there will be 3 funding rounds for Travel Grants and these will be held in March, July and November.

Click here for funding round advertisement  

Click here for instructions for applicants

26 August 2014


Applications forms and guidelines for the ADHB standard (RRC) and expedited (low risk) research pathways have been updated and are now available from this site (see links below). The application forms now contain a set of questions to enable Māori review. You can use these forms from today - they will be mandatory from 1 November 2014.

Link for standard pathway form and guide   Link for expedited pathway form and guide

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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