Liggins Institute


We are proud of our network of national and international research collaborations and affiliations. They are a measure of our international reputation in our specialist research areas.

Research visitors

We have strong national and international links with researchers and organisations with expertise and resources that complement our own. We aim to strengthen and extend our current partnerships and build new ones in the future and we welcome expressions of interest from both academia and industry. More information about our most significant current partnerships can be found on our Research partnerships pages.

The Healthy Start Workforce Project

The Healthy Start Workforce Project is funded by the Ministry of Health and hosted at Liggins. It offers free professional development programmes to health practitioners to further their understanding of lifestyle factors in pregnancy and early life that can influence lifelong health.


The Liggins Institute has a memorandum of understanding with AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute. The two organisations collaborate to advance understanding of the biology of growth and development, and to apply that knowledge to both biomedicine and pastoral agriculture. AgResearch is a partner in the Centre of Research Excellence Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development.

EpiGen Global Research Consortium

The Liggins Institute (through Auckland Uniservices Ltd) is a foundation partner in the EpiGen consortium, an international network with five partner institutions in three countries. The key groups within these organisations have synergistic skills and world leadership in the technology and science of applied epigenetics.

International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)

DOHaD was set up to promote research into the fetal and developmental origins of adult disease and involves scientists from many backgrounds. Its inaugural chair was Professor Peter Gluckman, the founding Director of the Liggins Institute. The Institute works closely with the Institute of Developmental Sciences at The University of Southampton led by Professor Mark Hanson.

Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)

The Liggins Institute has a strategic, collaborative partnership with the SICS. They have established a major new laboratory in Singapore to conduct research into the origins of obesity and diabetes with a particular focus on Asian populations.

Commercial research

The Institute undertakes research on contract or in partnership with a number of commercial organisations. Some of these have arisen through the Epi Gen Consortium.

Intellectual property resulting from research at the Liggins Institute has been or is being further developed into commercial applications by spin out biotechnology companies.

All commercial contracts and relationships are managed through Auckland Uniservices Ltd.