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About Us

Established in 1986, the CGM Research Trust is a charitable organisation committed to the enhancement of research and quality health care.

We are a Clinical Research Facility for medicines, medical and surgical treatment.
Our dedicated facility provides patient centered studies and trials co-ordinated by our clinical specialized medical team, consisting of specialized Physicians and experienced dedicated Registered Nurses.

Charitable Services

CGM Research Charitable Trust (The Canterbury Geriatric Medical Research Trust Board) was set up in 1987 by Dr. Nigel Gilchrist to assist the advancement of research and education regarding medical conditions and to promote better health for the elderly.


We offer a range of charitable services:

  • Patient consultations, memory testing

  • 24hr blood pressure monitoring

  • Sponsorship of locally initiated research projects

  • Travel and research grants are made available to health providers

  • Clinical services and consultancy to the pharmaceutical and medical research community

Meet The Team

Meet our team of friendly, expert physicians, experienced nurses, and administrative staff.


With decades of clinical experience between them, across multiple settings within the public and private sectors, our experienced Study Co-ordinators/Registered Nurses and Lab technologist provide exceptional care to all participants. Working together as a team their combined skills, knowledge and confidence, provide for safe, comfortable, holistic care throughout the duration of the trial.


All of this care is under the watchful eye of Physician Dr. Nigel Gilchrist who works alongside the study team.

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Dr. Nigel Gilchrist

Primary Investigator, Specialist Consultant Physician





Deirdre Thompson

Clinical Research Nurse,

Study Coordinator, Team Leader

Gardener extraordinaire

Fish expert




Helen Aitken

Lab Manager



General Knowledge Quiz master


Nicola Martinovich

Clinical Research Nurse,

Study Coordinator

Workplace jester

Horse rider

Greyhound owner


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Anita Meyer

Office Manager,

Personal Assistant

Keen camper

Admin whizz

Patience of a saint


Erin Kilmore

Clinical Research Nurse,

Study Coordinator

Beach walker

Happy mother

Coffee lover

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