Hello, I'm Big Research

I’m the thing that means Big Breakthroughs can be made so the health of little lives is improved.

Big Research is done by people who notice, ask lots of questions, and have clever ideas. It can involve a lot of different people, and it can take a lot of time. It takes a lot of heart and a lot of brain power. It also takes a lot of money.

And that is what Cure Kids helps with. To raise the money for the hearts and brains to do the big research to improve little lives.

Big Breakthroughs

Here’s a snapshot of the big breakthroughs we’ve helped make happen.

Treatment for a rare disorder – Batten Disease

We contributed to a series of studies that led to the discovery of a gene therapy for Batten Disease, which is now in human clinical trials in the USA.

- Professor David Palmer, Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes, Associate Professor Nigel Anderson, Dr Nadia Mitchell, Dr Samantha Murray, and
2003-2022

Discovery of some of the genes which causes epilepsy

We funded research to identify some of the genes that cause epilepsy, enabling more targeted treatments and care.

- Professor Lynette Sadlier
2010-2021

Digital tools to help children and adolescents better manage their mental health

We funded research to investigate the causes of mental health conditions in young people, and to develop an online tool to combat depression and anxiety.

- Professor Sally Merry
2015–2021

Demonstration that babies born at 23–24 weeks can survive

Cure Kids funded a study that provided evidence that babies born prematurely at 23-24 weeks can survive and thrive.

- Associate Professor Max Berry
2018

Proof that sleeping position can reduce stillbirths by 50%

A study investigating the causes of stillbirth led to new advice for pregnant mothers on the safest sleeping position, reducing the risk of stillbirth by 50%.

- Lesley McCowan
2017

Prevention of 200 sudden unexpected deaths in infancy every year

We funded a series of studies on risk factors for SUDI, leading to advice that has prevented at least 200 deaths every year, and many more around the world.

- Professor Ed Mitchell
1978–2015

Generation of full-thickness human skin in a lab

In 2012, Professor Rod Dunbar engineered full-thickness human skin in the laboratory using the patient’s own skin cells to enable skin repair after burns.

- Professor Rod Dunbar
2012

Invention of a patented car-seat insert

A study on the cause of unexpected deaths of babies in car seats led to the invention of an insert that helps maintain breathing and improve safety.

- Dr Shirley Tonkin, Professor Alistair Gunn, and Dr Christine McIntosh
2008

Diagnostic test to enable treatment for cystic fibrosis at birth

Sir Bob Elliott identified a blood test (newborn heel-prick) to diagnose cystic fibrosis at birth, enabling earlier treatment and increasing life expectancy.

- Sir Bob Elliott
1976

Innovative treatment for infants with brain injury

Cure Kids funding led to the development of a cap to cool babies’ heads to limit or reverse brain injury in at-risk babies.

- Professor Sir Peter Gluckman & Professor Alistair Gunn
1987

Our research in action

We improve health and wellbeing for tamariki Māori

We’ve got a unique population here in NZ, and Māori children have a genetic heritage found nowhere else in the world.

To enable health and wellbeing for tamariki Māori, we need to use local knowledge to design homegrown solutions to tackle NZ-specific health problems.

Cure Kids is proud to work alongside Māori health experts so we can be sure we’re allocating funds and support to the very best projects.

The Advisors

Behind every funding decision we make is a panel of advisors – a talented bunch of 10 who together make up Cure Kids Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Our research in action

52 active projects, 62 phenomenal researchers

2021 Report

2021 Report

2021 Report

State of Child Health in Aotearoa New Zealand

Cure Kids' inaugural State of Child Health Report 2020 sets out three key indicators to benchmark the health of New Zealand children.