Liggins Institute


The Liggins Institute was the University’s first large-scale research institute. Our vision is 'a healthy start for a healthy life' and our mission is to improve life-long health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events.

Research themes

Our goal is to turn research discoveries into real strategies that will help people to prevent and manage major health problems in the 21st century and our four key research themes focus on achieving this.

How to get involved

Attend a public lecture, take part in a clinical trial or make a donation. There are lots of ways to get involved and help improve health outcomes at every age and stage.

Future postgraduates

Choose from a wide range of postgraduate degrees and research projects to kick-start your career in biomedical research, or cultivate new skills that will complement your clinical practice.

  • Vibration therapy trialled in young children
    15 October 2017
    A vibration therapy shown to increase strength and mobility in adolescents with cerebral palsy will be trialled in younger children thanks to new funding.
  • Progesterone does not prevent preterm birth or complications: study
    03 October 2017
    An increasingly popular hormonal “treatment” for pregnant women with a history of preterm birth does not work, a major new international study shows.
  • The science behind the fight against cancer
    27 September 2017
    Professor Christian Hartinger from the School of Chemical Sciences and Associate Investigator at the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery will give a free public lecture on the role of metallodrugs and their potential as new anticancer treatments.
  • How nutrition in early life affects adult bone health
    30 August 2017
    We have all heard that a high-fat diet raises your risk for heart disease and metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes in adulthood. Now new research shows it also compromises your bone health, especially if you were born small or early, or if your mother had poor nutrition during pregnancy.
  • Dairy intolerance real - “not in people’s heads”
    14 August 2017
    For the first time, scientists have shown that dairy intolerance is a physiological condition distinct from lactose intolerance, and not “all in people’s heads”.