Future-proofing clinical cancer research in New Zealand at a time of major systems change

This year is a critical time for determining the future of clinical and translational cancer research in Aotearoa NZ. This includes both challenges and opportunities arising from major revisions to our healthcare system: the expectation that research becomes a core activity of Health NZ and the Māori Health Authority, the HRC/MOH project ‘Enhancing New Zealand’s Clinical Trials’, the broadening role of Te Aho o te Kahu, and the recognition of the need for improved National data governance which embeds Māori data sovereignty. To make the most of these changes, Cancer Trials NZ is holding a special meeting to bring together people interested in clinical and translational cancer research to discuss the role of cancer trials and cancer clinical research in Aotearoa NZ.  How could these best operate in the new healthcare environment, and what infrastructure is needed to serve our needs for the next 20 years?

This focussed meeting of presentations followed by discussions and sharing of thoughts, will be in place of our usual Annual Scientific Meeting.


Our meeting is being held on the day before the NZSO conference (23-24 September), in the morning before the Special Interest Groups’ (SIGs) session, see the Programme here.

If you are planning on attending the SIGs and/or NZSO, please come a bit earlier and join us in person. Alternatively please sign up for virtual attendance.

Date: Thursday 22 September 2022

Time: 10am – 12pm  [coffee/tea from 9.30am]

Location: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Delivery: In-person and virtual attendance

Price: Free



Dr Ian Town

Ian is the Chief Science Advisor at the Ministry of Health and leads the Ministry’s work to implement the New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017-2027.  Ian  has worked across both the health and education sectors during his 30-year career. and is a physician by training.  He will talk to us about ‘The Role of Health Research in the New Zealand Health System.’

Professor Cris Print

Cris is a Professor at the University of Auckland.  He is a Co-lead researcher for the Rakeiora programme, co-developed and co-governed with Māori. Cris will talk about the processes involved in setting up genomic and clinical databases as part of the programme and the plan to extend around the motu.