Professor Frank Bloomfield - Liggins Institute Director
Frank Bloomfield is the Director of the Liggins Institute, a Professor of Neonatology and a Consultant Neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital.
Frank practises clinically at National Women’s Health in Auckland and undertakes research that spans basic science through to clinical trials.
Much of his research focuses on the role of nutrition in fetal and neonatal growth and development. He is passionate about the multidisciplinary nature of neonatal care and thinks that we set an excellent example of this in New Zealand.
He is a past president of the Perinatal Society of New Zealand and of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and a current council member of the Perinatal Research Society in the US.
Frank serves on the National Maternity Monitoring Group and the Clinical Governance Board of the National Intestinal Failure Service.
After taking a BSc (first class honours) in Experimental Immunology and Oncology at the University of Manchester, and then MBChB also at Manchester, he trained in paediatrics (obtaining MRCP).
Frank then moved to New Zealand to specialise in neonatal paediatrics, obtaining FRACP.
At the University of Auckland, he did a PhD in paediatrics and then spent two years living in Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a neonatal transport fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children.
In 2002, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Neonatology at the University of Auckland and a specialist neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital.
He was promoted to Professor in 2013, and in 2015 was appointed Director of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.