Liggins Institute

How to get involved

We want to help people prevent and manage long-term health conditions by better understanding the causes of disease. That's why we offer education programmes into the origins of health and diseases, as well as public lectures and seminars. You can also get involved by taking part in a clinical trial that could help improve health outcomes for you, your family, and the next generation.


Take part in a clinical trial

An important part of the work at Liggins is putting research into practice. Our researchers follow people at every age and stage to identify the determinants of a healthy start to life and to investigate the the diet and exercise factors that influence health and disease in adulthood.

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 Nutrition and Mobility Clinic at the University’s Grafton campus. Our fully equipped facilities allow complex metabolic studies to be performed on children, young people and adults.

Participating in a clinical trial is a valuable way to turn scientific discoveries into real-life applications that could benefit the health of people of all ages. Find out more about our current clinical trials.


Listen to a lecture

As scientists we have a duty to share our research and its practical and ethical implications. Since the Institute opened, part of our mission has been to establish a relationship with our community. Our public lecture programme is an opportunity to discuss the ethical, moral, economic and political challenges that are raised by rapid advances in science. The lectures are open to anyone to attend and are your opportunity to ask questions. Speakers include Liggins senior academics and early career researchers, as well as visiting  international scientists who are leaders in their fields.

Join the bi-monthly Liggins Link mailing list for invitations to upcoming lectures. You can also watch recordings of past lectures and talks.


Subscribe to our newsletter

Liggins Link is our bi-monthly newsletter packed with the latest news and events happening at the Liggins Institute. Subscribe to the newsletter to find out about graduating students, published research, new clinical studies, media stories, upcoming events and more.


Make a donation

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. It provides much-needed funds for blue sky research and PhD scholarships.  

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.