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About the Centre for Free Radical Research

Our mission is to discover how free radicals and antioxidants work inside the body and how this knowledge can be used to diagnose and treat human disease and maintain optimal health.

Our history

Glenn Vile, Christine Winterbourn and Tony Kettle (late 1980s)Glenn Vile, Christine Winterbourn and Tony Kettle (late 1980s)

The development of the Centre for Free Radical Research has been an organic process, beginning in the early 1970s when Christine Winterbourn first joined Robin Carrell in the Clinical Biochemistry Department of the Christchurch Hospital.

Not long afterwards they transferred to the newly opened Christchurch Clinical School and in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s Christine Winterbourn set up her own laboratory, which subsequently became known as the Free Radical Research Group in 1990.

In 2012 the group was re-established as the Centre for Free Radical Research with four principal investigators, three of whom were previous PhD students of Christine Winterbourn; Margreet Vissers, Tony Kettle and Mark Hampton.

Centre for Free Radical Research milestones

2016Anitra Carr becomes the Centre's fifth principal investigator
2012Group re-established as the Centre for Free Radical Research with four principal investigators; Christine Winterbourn, Tony Kettle, Margreet Vissers and Mark Hampton
1990Laboratory became known as the Free Radical Research Group
1983First PhD student graduates
1979/80Christine Winterbourn set up her own laboratory
1976First student graduates (BMedSci)
1973Transferred to newly opened Christchurch Clinical School
1972First publications with Robin Carrell, including one in Nature on haemolytic anaemia
1971Christine Winterbourn joined Robin Carrell in the Clinical Biochemistry Department, Christchurch Hospital