News

  • 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.
  • Sugar gel could prevent potentially dangerous condition in newborns
    04 November 2016
    A dab of dextrose gel given an hour after birth can lower newborns’ risk of developing low blood sugar, a new study shows.
  • Findings may offer new clues to development of heart disease
    14 October 2016
    A study of almost 100 New Zealanders who had life-saving blood transfusions for anaemia while still in the womb has found differences in their adult hearts and blood vessels.
  • Liggins Institute namesake’s and director’s daughters graduate
    03 October 2016
    Daughters of two prominent Liggins Institute figures both graduated from the University of Auckland last week - Eleanor Bloomfield, whose father Frank is the Institute director and a neonatologist at National Women’s Health; and Jackie Liggins, whose late father Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins was a scientific giant and the Institute’s namesake.
  • Study finds obese children at risk of serious illness
    19 September 2016
    A unique New Zealand study has found that obese children are showing signs from a young age that they are at risk of developing serious weight-related problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart, and liver disease.
  • New avenue for understanding cause of common diseases
    24 August 2016
    A ground-breaking Auckland study could lead to discoveries about many common diseases such as diabetes, cancer and dementia. The new finding could also illuminate the broader role of the enigmatic mitochondria in human development.
  • Auckland charity hotel gives $450k to Liggins Institute to empower youth health
    23 August 2016
    A unique project empowering young people to use scientific evidence to understand and nurture their own health is being funded by a $450,000 donation from a charity hotel in upmarket Parnell.