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Value of Medicines

Medicines New Zealand awards outstanding researchers for undertaking innovative research into the use of medicines or vaccines in New Zealand. The annual Value of Medicines Award winner receives a $20,000 grant to invest in a new or ongoing research project.


Value of Medicines 2018 Winner - Dr Nicholas Lightfoot


Novel and non-addictive approach to pain control for patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery. His research investigated the use of ropivacaine with a technique called “local infiltrative anaesthesia” for patients having this surgery.


Dr Lightfoot’s early-phase study proved the relative safety and tolerability of the technique. The key benefit of the treatment is it reduces the need for opioid drugs like morphine, resulting in faster recovery time, earlier mobility and overall better outcomes for patients.