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.
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.
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 for people at every age and stage.
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.
Glitzy Chinese New Year ball to benefit research into promising new blood-test for preterm birth risk
14 February 2017A glamorous Chinese New Year ball at SkyCity will raise funds for New Zealand researchers working to develop a mid-pregnancy blood test to predict premature birth that could help millions of mothers and babies worldwide.
An insider's view of a medical trial
09 February 2017On Summer Newsroom, pregnant writer Eloise Gibson shares her experience of joining the international NiPPeR study that is seeking to crack lifelong obesity programming with nutrition. The study's New Zealand arm is being conducted by researchers at the Liggins Institute, and Institute researchers reflect on how vital human clinical trials are for advancing healthcare for pregnant mothers and babies.
Kids with weight issues do little exercise, spend lots of time on screens
08 February 2017A new, in depth study of children and teenagers struggling with weight issues found their physical activity levels were low, while their screen time was high.