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AMAT Research Institute.  Email amat
c/- Auckland Medical Aid Trust, PO Box 29 095, Greenwoods Corner, Auckland

The Research Institute was established in 1997 to publish and disseminate literature, and promote
educational material in matters of human reproduction. The institute uses its limited budget to seek
out and promote already successful research 'outputs', rather than funding processes that may never
come to fruition.

In the current reform of the welfare state, charities are being called upon to supplement and/or
replace government funding to support the provision of social services. The institute sees its initial
role as providing direct funding for suitable research projects, and in the longer term developing
sponsorship arrangements with commercial enterprises seeking involvement in philanthropic activities.

The Institute is currently researching the contestable nature of knowledge, especially about human
reproduction, and its inter-relationship with the cyber-revolution in science and technology. A mini
conference was held a few years ago to explore some of the issues surrounding bioethics in relation
to human reproduction.

The institute has established a postgraduate scholarship in this area, with the inaugural award
conferred on a PhD student in 2005, and several students supported in the successful completion of
their doctoral studies since that time.  The scholarship is managed by Universities New Zealand - Te

Pokai Tara
, with applications invited as funds are available.  AMAT is currently funding supporting two
PhD scholarships, and is currently funding two other projects - a post-doctoral research study on the
psycho-social implications and effects of maternal egg freezing, and a post-doctoral fellowship
focussed on Māori decision making in reproductiion, parenting, sexuality education, maternities and


AMAT has a procedure for ethics committee approval for research proposals involving empirical
research. View Ethics Committee procedure, or download PDF (125kb). Check the
research promotion ideas for a possible development focus for the future.

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