Hornabrook (1968-77), was actively engaged in coordinating collaborative
research on a wide range of diseases in PNG, including kuru, Pigbel,
cretinism and an epidemic of syphilis in the Highlands. There was
a great deal of scientific activity and a constant flow of visiting
scientists, research workers and students. A research base was established
on Karkar Island. By 1975, the institute’s name was changed
and it became the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research.