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.

  • Gut Bugs Trial launches in Auckland
    21 March 2017
    A team of New Zealand researchers are embarking on a study that could lead to a breakthrough treatment for serious weight problems. The team, led by Professor Wayne Cutfield and Dr Justin O’Sullivan at the Liggins Institute within the University of Auckland, will take the gut bacteria from healthy lean young people and give them in capsules to teenagers who are clinically obese.
  • Auckland scientists seek to shed light upon endometriosis
    15 March 2017
    Auckland research underway into the cause of endometriosis offers fresh hope for future treatments that target the disease at its roots.
  • Finding Mont Liggins's babies
    14 March 2017
    On the Newsroom, Eloise Gibson tells the remarkable story of Liggins Institute scientists tracing a thousand 30-year-olds from the original medical trial of antenatal corticosteroids to the life-saving treatment for premature babies was safe.