Nutrition for life-long health
These public lectures explore the importance of nutrition at every stage of life – from the health of parents prior to conception and during pregnancy, to the impact of diet and exercise on muscle health in old age.
The inaugural lecture of Professor Richard Mithen
In his inaugural lecture 'Tall Nettles: from plant collecting in Africa to nutrition research in New Zealand', Professor Mithen shares stories from his career and reflects on some of the challenging issues that we are facing today in food and health research.
Science stories from a New Zealand shopping trolley
Discover the backstories and the health benefits of some of New Zealand’s iconic foods – a webinar by Richard Mithen, Professor of Nutrition at the Liggins Institute and Chief Scientist for the High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge. Find out more about nutrition and metabolism research at the Liggins Institute and see the postgraduate projects available here.
Can your fish oil cause you harm?
Paediatrician and PhD candidate Dr Ben Albert
Learn more about Dr Ben Albert’s study of fish oil, which many pregnant women take to boost their baby’s brain development.
Interested in the metabolic effect of Omega-3, found in fish oil, Dr Ben Albert has already found that more than half of the fish-oil brands sold in New Zealand are ‘off’ when we buy them.
With approximately 20% of pregnant women taking fish oil supplements, Dr Ben Albert looks into the effect they have on babies. In this presentation, he explains how tests on rats have found higher newborn mortality rates and increased maternal insulin resistance in those fed oxidised fish oil.