Surgical and Translational Research Centre


STaR Centre

Harnessing the power of science, engineering and surgery
to address the global burden of surgical disease.


Welcome to STaR Centre

The STaR motif speaks of excellence, light, direction and to Hiwa i te rangi, the wishing star, which was used in pre-European times to help local Māori recognise their hopes, dreams and aspirations. It encourages us to hold firm to our goals and seek out opportunities, see them realised and to serve a purpose greater than ourselves. 

Our mission is to harness the power of science, engineering, surgery and research to address the global burden of surgical disease. Our interdisciplinary synergies equip us with diversity of perspectives, knowledge and determination to deliver state of the art, advances in surgical care to improve outcomes for patients with surgical diseases within Aotearoa, New Zealand and beyond.

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Our Research Platforms

Applied Surgery and Metabolism Laboratory

Surgical Engineering Laboratory

Surgical Trials Unit

Indigenous and Global Surgery Group

About STaR Centre

Latest News and Highlights

New PEI and PERT course

A new course was launched last week on pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT), through the Surgical and Translational Research Centre at the...

Come on the journey with us!

We are always interested in working with new researchers, new industry partners and our community, we invite you to contact us!

Support the STaR Centre

We are fortunate to have support from Hugo Charitable Trust and other generous donors who help to fund lifechanging research! 

You can become part of our mission to advance surgical research by donating today to support the work of the STaR Centre, its surgeons and scientists.

With your support, we can do much more to bring the benefits of surgical innovation into the lives of patients and those who love them. We invite you to reach out to our Development Manager to discuss the various opportunities to support our Centre.

Hugo Charitable Trust

Advancing Pancreatic Cancer Research

STaR Centre’s Research into Pancreatic Cancer is kindly funded by Hugo Charitable Trust