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Genetic Research Offers Hope For Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 1:40 pm | Liggins Institute

There’s new hope for treating Parkinson’s disease with the publication of groundbreaking genetic research from the University of Auckland. There’s new hope for treating Parkinson’s disease with the publication of groundbreaking genetic research from ... More >>

NZ Doctors Use High-speed Genetic Testing To Diagnose Critically-ill Baby

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 12:04 pm | Liggins Institute

New Zealand doctors and scientists used high-speed genetic testing to diagnose the illness of a critically-ill baby. A study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics shows how rapid whole genome sequencing was used to diagnose the rare disease ... More >>

Breast Milk And Your Baby’s Microbiome: Cutting-edge Research Comes To New Zealand

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 11:06 am | Liggins Institute

A newly-arrived scientist at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute is investigating the biological mechanisms that link breast milk to a reduced risk of babies developing immune system disorders such as asthma. In ground-breaking research ... More >>

Families Of Babies Born With Severe Heart Defects Will Tell Their Stories In Project That Just Got HRC Funding

Monday, 12 July 2021, 10:26 am | Liggins Institute

Liggins Institute researchers will travel the country to listen to families whose babies were born with severe and sometimes fatal heart defects. The team, which includes specialist doctors from Auckland City and Starship Children’s Hospital, are investigating ... More >>

Could Bacteria-attacking Viruses Hold A Clue To Obesity?

Monday, 16 March 2020, 11:27 am | Liggins Institute

Could a barely understood part of the gut microbiome – viruses that attack bacteria, known as phages – shed more light on the microbiome’s role in obesity? New Zealand researcher Dr Tommi Vatanen, a senior research fellow at the University of Auckland-based ... More >>

Options for hemp-derived food products

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 11:51 am | Liggins Institute

MIHI (Movers in Hemp Innovation) is a collaboration of Māori and non-Māori entities seeking to grow the hemp industry in New Zealand. The MIHI business cluster has received a $100,000 Māori Food & Beverage Development Grant from the High-Value Nutrition ... More >>

Bee-threatening soil residue up to 14x ‘safe’ levels

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10:18 am | Liggins Institute

Traces of a class of insecticides known to pose a risk to honeybees and other ‘friendly’ insects have been found in the soil across nine North Island sites a year or more after the insecticide was applied. More >>

Steroids help preterm babies and mums

Friday, 13 September 2019, 10:37 am | Liggins Institute

Two common forms of a life-saving steroid treatment for preterm babies have been shown to be equally effective and safe in a large New Zealand-Australian clinical trial – though the cheaper one may have a slight advantage. The treatment, discovered ... More >>

$22.4M investment for health research

Monday, 24 June 2019, 10:35 am | Liggins Institute

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has today announced a $22.4 million research investment funding for four successful Priority Research Programmes; which are all science and business collaborations, and will each receive research investment ... More >>

Smoking in pregnancy affects height and wieght of daughters

Friday, 15 March 2019, 8:53 am | Liggins Institute

Fri 15 March NZT: A new international Liggins Institute-led study highlights another reason for women to avoid tobacco during pregnancy: it heightens the chances of their daughters growing up short, as well as their chances of developing obesity in adulthood. More >>

3D gene insights shed light on type 1 diabetes

Sunday, 17 February 2019, 11:00 am | Liggins Institute

3D gene insights shed light on type 1 diabetes, overlapping diseases Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly ... More >>

Could Wagyu beef protect against heart disease?

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:42 am | Liggins Institute

As barbeque season gets into full swing, New Zealand researchers are investigating whether certain kinds of red meat could actually protect against heart disease. More >>

Different gut bugs in kids with type 1 diabetes

Sunday, 28 October 2018, 3:48 pm | Liggins Institute

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the role gut bugs may play in the development of type 1 diabetes. More >>

Major US funding boost for trial of sugar gel for newborns

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:06 am | Liggins Institute

New Zealand-led research that could improve the care of up to a third of all babies born and potentially prevent brain damage in infancy has received a $2.8 million boost from the United States. More >>

Type 2 diabetes slowly rising in Auckland kids

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 4:43 pm | Liggins Institute

Type 2 diabetes slowly rising in Auckland kids – Pacific and Māori have highest rates New research shows increasing numbers of children and teens under 15 in Auckland are developing type 2 diabetes, and that rates among Pacific and Māori children ... More >>

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people

Monday, 30 April 2018, 1:51 pm | Liggins Institute

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people digest dairy long-term? Lactose intolerant Aucklanders are wanted for a study that researchers hope will make them better able to tolerate dairy. The study participants will consume conventional ... More >>

Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight health isssues

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:52 pm | Liggins Institute

Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight-related health issues in children? Research underway in Auckland could give expectant mothers a new, simple way to improve the lifelong health of their child. Researchers from the University of Auckland-based ... More >>

Potential new treatment and blood test for small babies

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:24 pm | Liggins Institute

Potential new treatment and blood test for babies born too small New Zealand research could pave the way for a new, safe treatment for babies whose growth in the womb is stunted by problems with the placenta. The research team have also discovered ... More >>

Older men need more protein to maintain muscles

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:46 am | Liggins Institute

The amount of protein recommended by international guidelines is not sufficient to maintain muscle size and strength in older men, according to a new study. More >>

Clinical trials could save the health system millions

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:52 pm | Liggins Institute

Not only do findings from clinical trials save lives and improve people’s health, they potentially lead to health savings of millions of dollars – so investing in them is a “no-brainer”, a researcher and neonatologist says. More >>