ESR | Keeping people safe and healthy through science


ESR is New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises is science relating to people and communities. We have over 25 years’ experience undertaking research across a range of science disciplines including public health, water and the environment, forensics, drugs and viruses.

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At ESR, we undertake research, both independently and with partners, that makes a real difference to the lives of people in New Zealand and around the world. Supported by a dedicated Research Office, our research scientists are leaders in their field and utilise their applied science knowledge to their research programmes. 

Read about some of our research below, search our Research Case Studies, or contact our Research Office to find out how we can help you.

Andrew Chappell Drugs in waste water testing

Drugs in wastewater

Knowing where and when drugs are most commonly used is a valuable insight for Police and other agencies to inform and target the activity.

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Virus hunters Richard Hall HEALTH

ESR’s Virus Hunters

They are science’s answer to a squad of crack cold case detectives — a team of researchers whose mission is to identify mystery diseases which have been placed in the too-hard basket.

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Antibiotic sensitvity and resistance

Combating antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is the broader term for resistance in different types of microorganisms (eg, bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi). It encompasses resistance to antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal drugs.

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