Could bacteria-attacking viruses hold a clue to obesity?
16 March 2020
Could a barely understood part of the gut microbiome – viruses that attack bacteria, known as phages – shed more light on the microbiome’s role in obesity?
Liggins graduate wins prize for best doctoral thesis
13 March 2020
Dr Elza Cloete has been selected as one of the five recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis.
What's it like to work in women's health? International Women's Day 2020
8 March 2020
Three women researchers at the Liggins Institute explain more about their work, the challenges they face and their hopes for the future.
Māori and Pacific babies bigger and leaner, Asian babies ‘thin-fat’
4 March 2020
The facts and fictions of baby fat have been revealed in the first-ever study of Aotearoa New Zealand newborns’ body composition, including a surprise that could refocus early healthcare.
Bigger babies at risk of obesity in adulthood
8 February 2020
Big, ‘bonny’ babies are traditionally celebrated as pictures of health, but a new international study shows women born heavy were on average nearly 4kg heavier by their mid-twenties, when they were also 50 percent more likely to develop obesity.
Liggins Institute celebrates women in science
4 February 2020
February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate, two women from Liggins Institute answer some questions about their science careers.
Antibiotics unlikely to cause childhood obesity
24 January 2020
A major new study has found that antibiotics use is unlikely to contribute to childhood obesity, despite previous studies suggesting a causal link.
Parents want to know if their kids are at risk of obesity
19 December 2019
A new study has shown that most New Zealand parents want to be told if their pre-schooler is at risk of child obesity.
Sheep milk more easily digested than cow milk
18 December 2019
Sheep milk’s protein is more readily digested and its fats are more readily converted into energy compared to cow milk, a New Zealand study has shown.
Bee-threatening soil residue up to 14x ‘safe’ levels - study
29 November 2019
Traces of a class of insecticides known to pose a risk to honeybees and other ‘friendly’ insects have been found in the soil across nine North Island sites a year or more after the insecticide was applied.
Seven new Royal Society Fellows from University of Auckland
22 November 2019
Five University academics have been elected as Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows for their distinction in research and advancement of science, technology or the humanities.
University of Auckland welcomes Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden
5 November 2019
Some of the challenges New Zealand faces in health, environment, culture, science, and engineering will be addressed thanks to nearly $22 million awarded to the University of Auckland from the Marsden fund.