News

  • Auckland medical researcher first outside US to win prestigious prize
    12 June 2017
    Distinguished Professor Jane Harding from the Liggins Institute, based at the University of Auckland, has received the Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award from the American Pediatric Society (APS), which boasts 1800-plus members at the very top of their fields.
  • Study reveals relationship between how kids spend their time and their quality of life
    02 June 2017
    We all know that balance is vital for a healthy diet, but a new study suggests balance in how you spend your time is also key to a healthy life and sense of wellbeing – for children as well as adults.
  • Young Pacific researchers seek obesity circuit-breaker with Pacific youth
    01 June 2017
    Four young Pacific health researchers are working with Pacific teens and their communities to help break the intergenerational cycle of obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The research builds on an ambitious international project that empowers teenagers to use scientific evidence, community and cultural knowledge to lift their own and their family’s health.
  • Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes
    24 May 2017
    Children from disadvantaged households are more likely to hit puberty early and could face poorer health later in life as a result, an Australian study has shown. Researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne found boys who grew up in very disadvantaged homes had more than four times the risk of starting puberty early, at 10 or 11 years of age, while girls had double the risk. Professor Melissa Wake, a researcher in the team who is now based at the University of Auckland, says it is likely the same link would be found in New Zealand children.
  • Record-breaking number graduate from the Liggins Institute
    18 May 2017
    A record number of students graduated from the Liggins Institute in May. Twelve graduands – double the usual Autumn total – received qualifications.
  • Dames come together for mother and baby health research
    02 May 2017
    What may be the biggest gathering yet of Kiwi Dames is taking place this Saturday night – just in time for Mother’s Day. More than 20 Dames are coming together for a unique event to celebrate the achievements of the Liggins Institute, which aims to give all babies a healthy start and set them up for lifelong health.
  • Could mothers’ bacteria protect c-section babies from obesity risk?
    11 April 2017
    A team of New Zealand researchers will investigate whether bacteria from mothers’ vaginas could protect babies born by caesarean section from a greater risk of obesity.
  • Studies confirm long-term safety of life-saving treatment for premature babies
    07 April 2017
    More New Zealand families could benefit from a life-saving treatment for premature babies as new evidence from a major 10-year New Zealand and Australian trial confirms its long-term safety.
  • 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.
  • Glitzy Chinese New Year ball to benefit research into promising new blood-test for preterm birth risk
    14 February 2017
    A glamorous Chinese New Year ball at SkyCity will raise funds for New Zealand researchers working to develop a mid-pregnancy blood test to predict premature birth that could help millions of mothers and babies worldwide.
  • Ice baths no good for muscle recovery
    13 February 2017
    New evidence from research suggests ice baths do nothing to help muscle recovery after exercise.
  • An insider's view of a medical trial
    09 February 2017
    On Summer Newsroom, pregnant writer Eloise Gibson shares her experience of joining the international NiPPeR study that is seeking to crack lifelong obesity programming with nutrition. The study's New Zealand arm is being conducted by researchers at the Liggins Institute, and Institute researchers reflect on how vital human clinical trials are for advancing healthcare for pregnant mothers and babies.
  • Kids with weight issues do little exercise, spend lots of time on screens
    08 February 2017
    A new, in depth study of children and teenagers struggling with weight issues found their physical activity levels were low, while their screen time was high.
  • Taking on obesity with science and education
    11 January 2017
    Founder and leader of the ground-breaking Liggins Institute LENScience programme, Jacquie Bay, was recognised for her services to science and education with her appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 New Year Honours List.
  • Premature baby girls shorter as adults: study
    12 December 2016
    Baby girls born very premature could be almost three times more likely to grow into very short adults than female babies born at term, according to a new international study.
  • Study sheds light on diet of children with weight issues
    25 November 2016
    A new, in depth study of children and teenagers struggling with weight issues highlights that their eating habits were poor, and sugary drink consumption was at concerning volumes on a daily basis in many.
  • Medal recognises ground-breaking research helping thousands of babies
    24 November 2016
    It can take decades for scientific breakthroughs to generate change in health policy and practice, but research led by Distinguished Professor Jane Harding at the Liggins Institute has transformed the treatment for a common, potentially serious newborn condition in less than three years. This feat was celebrated last night when Professor Harding received the Beaven Medal at the prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand’s Research Honours Dinner in Christchurch.
  • Wanted: 9000 pregnant Auckland women
    23 November 2016
    As pregnancy-related diabetes affects more and more New Zealand women, a major Auckland study is underway to find out the best way of diagnosing the condition, which carries serious health risks for mum and baby.