Toddler and his pregnant mother

Our research

Our four key research themes and associated research groups explore the factors that influence health at every life stage. We aim to turn scientific discoveries into strategies that help people prevent or manage some of the most prevalent diseases of our time.

Steroid Study Participants:  Amanda, Sue and Charlie Wright

A landmark study dramatically improved the survival rate of very preterm babies. Half a century on, the Auckland Steroid Study continues to deliver good news.

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Scientists using a microscope in the Liggins Institute analytical lab

Our four key research themes focus on understanding the influence of the early life environment on the long-term health of this and future generations.

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Scientists using equipment in the Liggins Institute analytical lab

Our research groups investigate specific factors that influence health and draw upon the expertise of the lead investigators and collaborators.

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Professor Justin O'Sullivan

Our investigators answer a series of 10 questions to give you a glimpse into their work at the Liggins Institute, as well as the highs and lows of a career in research.

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Staff and students working in the Liggins Institute

Support is available to students and staff with project proposals and grant applications, as well as top quality facilities and in-house expertise.

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A child playing with a toy in the Liggins Institute Clinical Research Unit

Some of our studies are complete and findings have been published, others are in follow-up or currently recruiting participants, and more are being planned.

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Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding

The academic staff who lead our research themes and programmes and their areas of expertise.

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People attending a Liggins Institute public lecture

Public lectures happen throughout the year and are a chance to hear about research discoveries.

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Former Liggins Institute Director Professor Frank Bloomfield with a mother and baby

How can we give all babies a healthy start to life?

Liggins Institute Director Professor Frank Bloomfield explains why early life events are so important to life-long health.