In 2010, Mike started to compile documents about the history of the NZSO. He got in touch with the founder, Maarire (Murray) Goodall, to learn his perspective on the initial development of the Society. The two had become reacquainted when Maarire collected in street appeals for the Malaghan Institute, but unfortunately, he passed away a few years later. Mike explains that while members have differing perspectives on the history of the Society, overall it has been 'a remarkable success story serving a need to connect cancer researchers with patients through medical professionals. These relationships greatly facilitated what is now referred to as translational research'. Over the last five decades, the NZSO has 'matured as an organisation with scientists, oncologists and others enthusiastically supporting annual meetings and ensuring the society's future'.
Mike is currently the Cancer Cell Biology Programme Leader and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, and a Research Professor at Victoria University of Wellington. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 1998 and served as president of the NZ Association of Scientists from 2000 to 2002. He was a James Cook Fellow in health sciences from 2003 to 2005 and was awarded the Liley Medal from the Health Research Council of New Zealand in 2016 for his outstanding contribution to health and medical sciences in the field of cellular metabolism. He received the NZSO Translational Research Award in the same year.