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Liggins Institute

Improving lifelong health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events. Our vision is 'a healthy start for a healthy life'.

A new mother tube feeding her premature baby.

Our research themes investigate the impact of our environment on the long-term health of this generation and the next.

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Researchers in the Liggins Institute laboratory.

Explore the current list of doctoral and masters research projects on offer and their supervisors.

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Our academic staff supervise students as well as conducting their own research. Many are internationally recognised experts in their field.

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newborn-baby

Liggins Institute PhD student Tayaza Fadason explains why obesity and type 2 diabetes often go hand in hand.

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Tommi Vatenen

The gut microbiome might be a predisposing - or even a triggering factor - to the onset of type 1 diabetes, says Liggins Institute researcher Dr Tommi Vatanen.

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PhD candidate Stephanie Segovia

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Canadian student Stephanie Segovia explains her research focus, why she picked the Liggins Institute and what she likes about life in Auckland.

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From studies during pregnancy and childhood, to nutrition studies in adulthood, take part in a clinical trial and help put research into practice.

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Take part in a clinical trial, attend an event or make a donation. There are lots of ways to contribute to our life-changing research.

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