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UC research has a positive impact on society in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas every year through research that is undertaken for the public benefit and funded by donations from individuals and organisations. Examples in the last 12 months include arable research into rye grass, cancer treatments and microbiology, mental health and nutrition research, and waterways research.

Your gift to Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | The University of Canterbury will ensure that UC continues to provide vital services in our community and a world-class learning experience for students.

Support any of these funds from our donations page, which is organised based on your country of residence for taxation purposes.

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Te Puna Toiora: Mental Health and Nutrition Research

The Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group, established in 2012 by Professor Julia Rucklidge, is dedicated to conducting independent research investigating the impact of nutrients and nutrition on mental health. Studies are conducted across a broad range of health areas including ADHD, depression during pregnancy, anxiety, insomnia and addictions. The group has helped many families all over Aotearoa New Zealand with this approach, but more research is needed.

The research has been generously supported by donations from people all over the world dedicated to finding new solutions to mental illness. The Mental Health and Nutrition Research fund supports ongoing research and PhD scholarships in the area of nutrition and mental illness.

Find out more:

To donate, please visit our donation page and choose Mental Health and Nutrition Research from the drop-down menu.

Visit the Mental Health and Nutrition Research group website

Watch Julia Rucklidge's TEDx talk

The Rose Centre

The University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research at St George's Medical Centre was established in 2014 due to the generosity of Mrs Shirley Rose, who spent many of her final years tending to the disability created by stroke in her husband.

This new state of the art facility builds on the successes of the current Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory and will extend this research and clinical expertise to address all aspects of rehabilitation in this population.

Find out more:

To donate, please visit our donation page and choose Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery & Research from the drop-down menu.

Learn more about the fantastic work undertaken by the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery & Research

Gateway Antarctica

Gateway Antarctica is the centre for Antarctic studies and research at the University of Canterbury.

The Centre aims to contribute to increased understanding and more effective management of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean by being a focal point and a catalyst for an Antarctic scholarship, attracting national and international participation in collaborative research, analysis, learning and networking.

The Fund was established to support scholarships and research.

Learn more about the work of Gateway Antarctica

The Quake Centre

The UC Quake Centre has been a major initiative of the UC Foundation in 2012 and 2013 in support of the College of Engineering. UCQC will become the national hub to work with industry on joint venture earthquake engineering research projects and will build on Aotearoa New Zealand’s established reputation for excellence and innovation in earthquake engineering.

The Centre will be the catalyst for a number of national and international industry and academic research and development partnerships relating to urban seismic risk. There are several options for corporate and individual support, depending on the level of engagement with the Centre.

Learn more about The Quake Centre