Liggins Institute

Support the Liggins Institute

Liggins supporters are an integral part of our community: they contribute to life-changing research that will improve health outcomes for New Zealanders. Become a supporter of the Institute and you'll have opportunities to meet our scientists, see research in action, and attend fascinating lectures and social events.

The Liggins Institute has to be self-sufficient. While we often compete successfully for public and commercial research funding, we also look to the wider community to grow and develop. That's why philanthropic support is crucial. Every donation you make provides much-needed funds for blue sky research and PhD scholarships.  

Liggins laboratory
Liggins Institute

Take part in a clinical trial

An important part of the work at Liggins is putting research into practice. Our clinicians follow babies, children and pregnant women to assess potential health risks that could be associated with the pre-birth environment or treatments during the neonatal period.

Nutrition throughout life is another important aspect of maintaining health and reducing the risk of disease. The Liggins Institute also conducts trials in adults to investigate how particular groups of people respond to specific food components.

Randomised controlled trials and observational studies are carried out either in hospitals, at the Liggins’ purpose-built Maurice and Agnes Paykel Clinical Research Unit, or at the Nutirtion and Mobility Clinic at the University’s Grafton campus. Find out which studies are currently recruiting and how you can take part.


Make a donation

There are a range of ways to support the Liggins Institute financially.

Make a donation at any time through our secure giving website. You can also meet our Development Manager in person to discuss your gift. 

Annual appeal - this is sent to all alumni, supporters and contacts in the latter part of each year and seeks support for specified research projects and general costs.

Fundraising events - these are held each year and supporters are invited.

Bequests - this is another way to contribute to the endowment fund, by providing support in perpetuity for Liggins Institute research.

Funds are managed through the University of Auckland Foundation which distributes gifts to the Institute in accordance with the donors’ wishes.

For more information about supporting the Liggins Institute please contact Dr Nicole Bassett, Liggins Institute Development Manager. Email or call her on 021 246 2801.

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Liggins Link

Keep in touch with what's going on at Liggins with our bi-monthly newsletter, Liggins Link. It's packed with research news, Institute updates, and details of fundraising events and public lectures.  

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Advisory Board

The Patron of the Advisory Board is the founding Director of the Liggins Institute, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman FRSNZ, FMedSci, FRS.

The Advisory Board members are:

  • Adjunct Professor Richard Fisher (Chair)
  • Professor Alastair MacCormick
  • Lyndy Sainsbury
  • Harry White
  • Professor Frank Bloomfield
  • Charlotte Swasbrook
  • Dr Jackie Liggins 

Contact us

Liggins Institute
The University of Auckland
PO Box 92019
Auckland 1142

Dr Nicole Bassett | Liggins Institute Development Manager

Phone: 021 2462801