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.
Messing with the genetic recipe: fresh clues to why we’re short, average or tall
14 June 2016How tall we are is not simply governed by the genes written in our DNA – it’s also got to do with how that DNA is folded inside our cells. New research by New Zealand scientists has, for the first time, pinpointed how sections of DNA, known as SNPs, influence genes that determine height.
Women born to obese mothers much more likely to be obese as adults
09 June 2016Overweight mothers were nearly three times more likely than normal-weight mothers to have a daughter who would become obese as an adult, a large study has found.