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The 2018 MacDiarmid Medal was awarded to Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase FRSNZ for his innovative engineering and transitional research based on unique model-based ‘virtual patients’, which has saved lives and reduced costs in New Zealand and Europe, and created a template for engineering-based solutions to significant healthcare problems confronting the world.

Previous recipients


Peter Tyler FRSNZ FNZIC (for designing and synthesising a new raft of potential drugs that target the enzymes of many diseases. This has led to the development of newly approved lymphoma drug, Mundesine, that is giving patients new hope)


Merryn Tawhai (for her research in computational physiology of the respiratory system, having pioneered development of anatomically detailed models that span cell-to-organ function, and providing new understanding of lung physiology and pathophysiology)


Valery Feigin (for his outstanding research in stroke epidemiology and prevention worldwide, and the development of ground-breaking technology in primary stroke prevention)


Alistair Gunn FRSNZ (for his pioneering research on using brain cooling to prevent brain injury in babies who experience low oxygen at birth)


Neil Broom FRSNZ (for his research that, by combining engineering and biological concepts, has led to better understanding of human heart valves and joint and spinal tissues)


Margaret Brimble CNZM FRSNZ (for outstanding scientific research that could have large human benefit. Professor Brimble was also awarded the 2012 Hector Medal and the 2012 Rutherford Medal)


Gary Evans (who has pioneered the design and synthesis of new pharmaceuticals for the treatment of major diseases including gout, psoriasis and cancer of the immune system)