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 for people 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.

  • Findings may offer new clues to development of heart disease
    14 October 2016
    A study of almost 100 New Zealanders who had life-saving blood transfusions for anaemia while still in the womb has found differences in their adult hearts and blood vessels.
  • Liggins Institute namesake’s and director’s daughters graduate
    03 October 2016
    Daughters of two prominent Liggins Institute figures both graduated from the University of Auckland last week - Eleanor Bloomfield, whose father Frank is the Institute director and a neonatologist at National Women’s Health; and Jackie Liggins, whose late father Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins was a scientific giant and the Institute’s namesake.
  • Study finds obese children at risk of serious illness
    19 September 2016
    A unique New Zealand study has found that obese children are showing signs from a young age that they are at risk of developing serious weight-related problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart, and liver disease.