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Openness Agreement on the use of animals in research and teaching in New Zealand

Foreword from Professor Juliet Gerrard, The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor:

Why the Openness Agreement was developed?

The Australia New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) is an independent body that was established to provide a focus for consideration of the scientific, ethical and social issues associated with the use of animals in research and teaching. After years of promoting openness in animal research, ANZCCART has taken the lead in developing this Agreement

Job Description: Home-based Flexible Hours Position - currently Auckland-based, but could be elsewhere in New Zealand.

We are calling for expressions of interest for the role of General Manager for Cancer Research Trust NZ (CRTNZ) to replace Dr Douglas Ormrod who is retiring.

CRTNZ is an independent registered charity founded in 2001. Its key purpose is to raise and distribute funds to New Zealand’s top cancer research scientists and clinicians to undertake leading-edge research and professional development. To date more than $18 million has been distributed and CRTNZ is New Zealand’s second largest non-government funder of cancer research.

We support research and professional development across the cancer-control spectrum so that significant advances continue to be made in understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as in end-of-life care.

The General Manager will have a background in laboratory and/or clinical cancer research or a related discipline (such as public health or pathology), preferably at PhD level. Research management experience would also be an advantage. Their core responsibility is to liaise between the research community and the CRTNZ Assessment Committee and Board, and to manage the rigorous peer review process that underpins the success of the Trust’s grant award programme. This is a sole charge position. As well as processing the research grant rounds the General Manager will be responsible for managing the financial administration of the Trust’s operation. The role entails working with people at all levels across local and international academia.

The successful applicant’s responsibilities include:

  • Managing the grant review and research funding process
  • Contracting and monitoring research outputs
  • Paying the monthly accounts using Xero software
  • Liaising with the Trust’s accountant and overseeing the annual financial audit
  • Promotion of the Trust via social media and other platforms
  • Managing the web site, donor database and other fundraising platforms
  • Preparing lay stories based on research outcomes for public consumption.

Our values of respect, sustainability, collaboration, and transparency underpin our work. For further information regarding the history and work of CRTNZ visit

If you would like to know more about this rewarding position please email the Executive Director Douglas Ormrod for a job description or Phone: 22 079 3349 in confidence. Expressions of interest are to be forwarded to along with a Curriculum Vitae on or before 26th February 2021. Interviews will be held in Auckland thereafter, or by zoom if necessary.

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ACORD21 will be held virtually

29 August - 3 September 2021

For all interested parties including medical oncology, haematology, radiation oncology trainees, nursing staff and others interested in oncology research to apply for this excellent opportunity.

Applications are open for the ACORD Protocol Development Workshop 2021 which is a 1-week program in effective clinical trial design for early career clinical cancer researchers from all oncology sub-specialties based in the Asia Pacific region. Come with a trial concept, leave with a trial protocol.

Applications close: 22 March 2021 12pm AEST

More information:

Any queries to be sent to Dr Nicky Lawrence, MBChB, PhD, FRACP,

Important research featured on Newshub

from our very own Executive Member, Associate Professor Logan Walker

Click here to see the importance of mandatory genetic screenings for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Roslyn Kemp, NZSO's immediate past President, has been promoted as a professor at the University of Otago!

Congratulations from all of us at NZSO!

2021 New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

On behalf of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and the 2021 NZ ASM Organising Committee, we are happy to confirm

Friday 6 - Sunday 8 August 2021 | The InterContinental Hotel | Wellington, New Zealand

Given the continuing restrictions on international travel, our overseas speakers have confirmed that they will join us remotely – with pre-recorded presentations and then real-time participation with delegates for live Q & A:


Professor Laurie A. Loevner, Chief, Division of Neuroradiology, Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery, Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery and Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, USA.
Specialty Interests: Head and Neck, Neuroradiology

Associate Professor Bruno Giuffrè, University of Sydney at Northern Clinical School, Radiology Department, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
Specialty Interests: Musculoskeletal, RheumatologyAssociate

Radiation Oncology

Associate Professor Corrine Doll, Tom Baker Cancer Center, President of Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, Calgary, Canada.
Specialty Interests: Gynecologic, Gastrointestinal Cancer Rheumatology

Registration and Abstract Submissions open on 8 April. For more information:

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NZSO Marsden fund

Marsden Fund 2021 round info and deadline

The Marsden Fund recently published a virtual roadshow for the 2021 application round that has just opened:

The Marsden Fund recently published a virtual roadshow for the 2021 application round that has just opened:

There is also a second video for Vision Mātauranga on the same page that I recommend everyone watches.

Virtual Q&A sessions are being held via Zoom. Registration for these sessions is on the webpage above (scroll down a bit to the relevant section).

Marsden applications are fully electronic, and applicants will need to register to get onto the portal (each year a fresh registration is required). Please send an email to register, stating your name, department and whether you are applying for a Standard or Fast Start Marsden.

The application comprises of sections of the application that have to be uploaded and the sections that have to be filled in directly on online. **The guidelines and templates cannot be accessed until an applicant is registered. I recommend you register asap, ideally by noon Friday 18 December 2020.

Fast Start applicants will need to provide confirmation that they are a permanent staff member, or get HOD and PVC approval to enable registration. The Research Office can provide a template letter for the HOD/PVC approval.

NOTE: As PIs and AIs cannot be changed between the Preliminary and Full Proposal stages and strict budget caps are in place, costing worksheets are required at the Preliminary stage. We can help with these.

Final draft Preliminary Proposals and costing sheets must reach us by Thursday 4 February 2021. Then final Preliminary Proposals must be marked as ‘COMPLETED’ online, Thursday 11 February 2021 (internal UO Research Office deadline). Early drafts and costing sheets are always appreciated (they will get more attention too. Due to the volume of applications, anything received after 4 February may not receive feedback and simply be ‘processed’. Non-compliant applications will not be submitted). The Research Office retains the right to not submit applications forwarded to the Research Office after 11 February.

Cancer Research Trust New Zealand

Special Call for applications for Cooperative Group Clinical Trails and Public Health Research

Cancer Research Trust NZ (CRTNZ) funds research across the Cancer Control spectrum, from prevention, through diagnosis and treatment to end of life care.

CRTNZ is offering two $200k research project awards, one each in the fields of cancer-related Public Health and Cooperative Group Clinical Trials. Although this is a one-off initiative, it may be repeated in the future.

While it is envisaged that salary costs will be the major component of these awards (for Public Health in particular), expenses can also be included.

The awards will be for two years ($100k per year, per project) but could be over a longer period if necessary.

Applications should be made on the Research Project application form on the Trust’s web site and submitted by April 1st 2021. We are currently modifying the application form and this will be available in January 2021 . The peer-review period will depend on the number of applications received but will be no longer than 3 months.

To aid in planning please let Douglas Ormrod know if you are going to apply

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