Adult daughters of mothers who smoked in pregnancy more likely short, obese
18 March 2019
A new international Liggins Institute-led study highlights another reason for women to avoid tobacco during pregnancy: it heightens the chances of their daughters growing up short, as well as their chances of developing obesity in adulthood.
Sir Peter Gluckman named NZ Communicator of the Year
8 March 2019
The Prime Minister’s former Chief Science Advisor and founder of the University of Auckland-based Liggins Institute has been named winner of the 2018 Communicator of the Year Award.
Auckland Parkinson's research receives big US grants
25 February 2019
Liggins Institute researchers will use a $226,000 grant from the Michael J Fox Foundation and a second US foundation to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s disease from an unusual and promising angle.
A weighty issue for Auckland Māori
21 February 2019
Young researcher Hannah Rapata is passionate about improving health and nutrition in Maori communities.
3D gene insights into diabetes, overlapping diseases
18 February 2019
Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly unrelated diseases so often go together.
Are you a super pooper?
22 January 2019
Fecal transplants could be used to treat intestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease – and perhaps even help prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer – if we can unlock the secrets of the gut-rejuvenating “super donor”, say researchers at the Liggins Institute.
Could Wagyu beef protect against heart disease?
14 January 2019
As barbeque season gets into full swing, New Zealand researchers are investigating whether certain kinds of red meat could actually protect against heart disease.
Elective c-section linked to overweight risk
22 November 2018
A new study has found that babies born by elective - but not emergency - caesarean were more likely to be overweight at 12 months age.
Liggins Institute celebrates spring graduation
19 November 2018
The Liggins Institute’s latest graduands have advanced scientific understanding in diverse health science topics, from a pioneering programme for obesity in children and teens, to gestational diabetes, to nutrition and aging.
Scientist stars of The Good Sh*t to meet the teachers
9 November 2018
Teachers have the chance to meet with Liggins Institute scientists who fronted a frank TV documentary about gut bugs transfer research.
Different gut bugs in kids with type 1 diabetes
29 October 2018
Researchers are a step closer to understanding the role gut bugs may play in the development of type 1 diabetes.
Quantum computing, sexual selection and deep space research awarded
25 October 2018
Six University of Auckland scientists researching topics from deep space to the biodiversity of the sea floor have received top honours from the Royal Society of New Zealand.