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University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Part of the Medical School buildings at Grafton.

The University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (formerly known as The University of Auckland School of Medicine) was established in 1968 at its present site in Grafton, Auckland. Prior to this, the University of Otago had taught some students from the final years of its medical course in Auckland through a branch faculty of the Dunedin School of Medicine.


The Faculty possesses the only brain bank in New Zealand. This brain bank contains over 400 brains bequeathed to the medical school,[1] these include those from people who suffer neurological diseases such as Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.

The University of Auckland welcomed the commitment by New Zealand and Australian prime ministers to fund NZ $ 3 million over 2 years for a trans Tasman project to investigate potential vaccines against Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is a major health concern in NZ and Australia, particularly in Maori, Pacifica and aboriginal communities have highest rates in the world. It is a result of an immune reaction to infection by group A streptococcus. This vaccine project compliments ongoing public health programs which contribute to high rates of disease in New Zealand and Australia. The University has considerable expertise in both the basic science of group A streptococcus infection and public health approaches required to take high rates of rheumatic fever as per John Fraser, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health sciences.[2]


  1. ^ Middleton, Julie (11 July 2003). "Slices of grey matter point to the future". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  2. ^ University of Auckland (18 February 2013). "University of Auckland welcomes rheumatic fever initiative". Scoop. Retrieved 10 April 2013.

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