Our vision and goals

The Liggins Institute’s vision is 'a healthy start for a healthy life'. Our mission is to improve lifelong health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events.

Children playing with toys in the Clinical Research Unit

Our values

  • Research excellence and relevance
  • Advocacy for research
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Collegiality, respect and honesty
  • Effective communication and translation of research findings
  • Valued and well-supported staff and students

Major objectives

We are a world-leading centre of research excellence in the fields of fetal and child health, nutrition, development, epigenetics and implementation science. We aim to:

  • Continuously increase our output of excellent, relevant research.
  • Effectively communicate and translate research findings and their relevance to key stakeholders that include the scientific and clinical community, politicians, policy makers and science leaders locally and internationally.
  • Develop and strengthen local and international research partnerships with clinical, nutritional, agricultural and community sectors to broaden research skills and enhance research opportunities and impact.
  • Grow and diversify research revenue to achieve the Institute’s mission.
  • Attract, develop and support excellent staff, both academic and professional.
  • Attract, develop, support and value our cohort of excellent postgraduate students.
  • Develop and support facilities and equipment required for world-class research in areas related to our mission.