"Recent discussions about science and mātauranga Māori have highlighted the need for IRANZ members to note our collective support for not only our Māori colleagues but also mātauranga Māori. As a collective, we aim to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges we all face, with an open-minded, inclusive, and bold approach that incorporates values beyond traditional science. In many research facilities, including our members, indigenous and non-indigenous researchers are working in partnership to solve some of these significant challenges. We are committed to upholding the value of mātauranga Māori, and the mana of our Māori colleagues and their marae communities." - Dr John McDermott, IRANZ Chair.
Read our statement: IRANZ & STEMM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, & Mātauranga
Latest news and updates
Brain Research Institute: Clinical trial for people at risk of Alzheimer’s dementia
July 2022: The team at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute is currently recruiting for a worldwide clinical trial of a new investigational treatment (gantenerumab) for people at risk for Alzheimer’s dementia.
Alzheimer’s dementia is thought to be caused by a combination of factors which trigger brain changes, with the subsequent accumulation of amyloid protein outside the brain cells (neurones) and tau protein tangles inside brain cells. This ultimately leads to the loss of brain cells and symptoms. Research show that amyloid accumulation may start up to 20 years prior to the start of clinical symptoms. This study plans to examine the effect of gantenerumab on people with normal cognition, but who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia because they have increased level of amyloid in their brain. To be eligible for this study, participants have to be 60-80 years old, have normal cognition, and have elevated level of amyloid protein in the brain - which can be evaluated by screening. To enquire about being part of the trial, please call 0800 114 903 or email email@example.com.
Connections 37 eNewsletter out now
June 2022 The latest IRANZ newsletter is out now. It's another bumper issue full of the latest independent science research news from around Aotearoa New Zealand.
Read all about:
Ngā Mahi Ngātahi IRANZ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Programme
Speaker’s Science Forum - Science for Sustainable Fisheries
Xerra: New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award winner
Cawthron research finds algal blooms threaten shellfish health
WSP: New study measures harmful cost of nitrate in drinking water
Lincoln Agritech: Groundbreaking research explains braided rivers
Aqualinc: Disentangling the water reforms
. . . And much more.
The climbing galaxias (kōaro) - one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s migratory species of freshwater fish. Photo: teara.govt.nz
Welcome to the Independent Research Association of New Zealand
IRANZ is an association of independent research organisations. IRANZ represents the collective interests of members by undertaking activities aimed at creating a positive operating environment for Independent Research Organisations in New Zealand.
IRANZ member organisations make vital contributions to a broad range of scientific fields, and offer an important complement to university-based and Crown Research Institute research. Our smaller sizes and greater flexibility provide an environment that is particularly conducive to innovation and end-user engagement.
IRANZ member organisations:
- Are ‘independent’ (non-government owned);
- Carry out high-quality scientific research, development or technology transfer;
- Have strong linkages with end-users;
- Work in a diverse range of settings and subject specialities;
- Derive a significant portion of their work from Government research contracts;
- Collaborate with universities, Crown Research Institutes and research departments of industrial organisations; and
- Having varying governance and ownership arrangements.
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