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View recipients of the Hercus Medal.

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The 2022 Hercus Medal was awarded to Stephen Robertson for research on genetic conditions impacting children and seeking to establish equitable delivery of genomic medicine for Māori.

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Brett Delahunt for his internationally recognised contributions as a pathologist, especially in relation to kidney and prostate cancer.


Richard Beasley for his significant contribution to the advancement of respiratory medicine and health science research in New Zealand


Parry Guilford for his work that established the gene mutation that can lead to hereditary stomach cancer in families


John Fraser for his pioneering studies on bacterial superantigens which have major implications for understanding and treating human infectious diseases


Alistair Gunn for his exceptional contribution to perinatal physiology and clinical medicine both as a research scientist making breakthrough discoveries and as a research leader who is able to turn his research discoveries into clinically successful outcomes for babies


Mark Richards for his cardiovascular research for more than 30 years. Mark is one of the leading clinical scientists in the broad area of translational cardiovascular biology and medicine


Bruce Charles Baguley for his significant contribution to the development of new cancer therapeutics


Joel Ivor Mann for his extended series of related studies of nutrition in relation to diabetes and cardiovascular disease


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David Anthony Dougall Parry for his extended series of related studies of the chemistry, physics, biochemistry, ultratructure, and biological function of fibrous proteins


David Christopher Graham Skegg for consistently maintaining the highest standards in public health science and policy


Peter David Gluckman for his pioneering work on the physiology of fetal growth and maturation, and the origins of brain injury at birth


Anthony Edmund Reeve for research into applying DNA technology to develop an understanding of the genomic changes that lead to the onset of cancer