On Friday 18 March, New Zealand lost one of the brightest minds in health research with the passing of Dr Bruce Scoggins. His passing deeply saddens the Cure Kids team, and our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to Dr Scoggins family, as well as all those he inspired through his life’s work.
Dr Scoggins’ distinguished career in science and research started in 1962. Over that time, he held many prestigious roles, including Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, the Gordon Meiklejohn Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver, and the Chief Executive of the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand.
After 15 years as Chief Executive Officer at HRC, Dr Scoggins officially retired, but for the next 15 years he volunteered as a member of the Board for Cure Kids, and as the Chair of Cure Kids’ Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee. He also led an evaluation of the impact generated over 50 years by the charity’s investments in child health research.
Since 2007, Dr Scoggins dedicated at least a day a week to Cure Kids, using his expertise, networks, and skills to guide the charity’s funding decisions to ensure maximum impact for the health of children in Aotearoa NZ.
Despite this huge 15-year voluntary commitment, Dr Scoggins was forever humble, saying “I see myself as working behind the scenes. The others are the ones doing the really hard work.”
Dr Scoggins’ legacy will live on through Cure Kids’ work. We will continue to uphold his commitment to supporting world-class child health research to have a meaningful impact on the health of our tamariki.