Surgical Trials Unit
The STU undertakes clinical and translational research related to surgical disease, and sits at the interface between our science programs and clinical practice. Located in Auckland City Hospital, it is part of the Auckland Academic Health Alliance, which brings the University of Auckland together with large public hospitals in the Auckland region. There are also strong links with New Zealand’s MedTech Centre of Research Excellence. The STU conducts local, national and international studies.
The studies and trials are both investigator initiated and company sponsored. The latter includes a partnership with the Surgical Technologies Division of Fisher and Paykel Healthcare. The studies are designed to test new diagnostic tools, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. They tend to be early stage, focused on first-in-human validation and proof of concept. In some cases they provide the necessary evidence to support commercialization.