We were the University’s first large-scale research institute. Our Vision is "A healthy start for a healthy life". Our Mission is to improve life-long health through excellent research into long term consequences of early life events.
Facilities and expertise
We’re passionate about translating our discoveries into strategies that will help people to prevent and manage major health problems in the 21st century
Our research partners
We collaborate with leading national and international research organisations and industries.
LENScience education programme
Our unique education programme for schools brings students and scientists together.
Our research focuses on the determinants of a healthy life. We're particularly interested in mothers and babies, as well as nutrition throughout life.
Meet the scientists, clinicians and researchers who work at the Institute.
Postgraduate study opportunities
We offer internationally recognised study programmes in all areas of our research.
Teen mum off to Geneva to speak on ending obesity
13 May 2016Don’t just tell us what we can and can’t eat: fix our obesogenic environment, and give us the facts so we can figure out solutions to the obesity epidemic that will work in our lives.
The shorter the mother, the higher the odds of having a premature baby: study
22 April 2016Short mothers are twice as likely to have a baby born premature than tall mothers, according to a new international study.
Public experts call for sugary drinks tax
05 April 2016A group of public health professors from New Zealand universities have signed an open letter to the Cabinet calling for stronger child obesity prevention measures from the Government.