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Can we prevent adult disease before birth?

The environment we experience before we are born can have a profound impact on us throughout our lives. Being born early or late, or under- or over-weight, increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in adulthood. These consequences of prematurity and other pregnancy disorders are major problems for our society with significant costs to the health...

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Can we prevent adult disease before birth?

The environment we experience before we are born can have a profound impact on us throughout our lives. Being born early or late, or under- or over-weight, increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in adulthood.

These consequences of prematurity and other pregnancy disorders are major problems for our society with significant costs to the health sector and a negative impact on the productive economy. Pioneering work at the Liggins Institute is beginning to identify a number of ways in which it may be possible to reverse these challenging conditions – at source.

The Liggins Institute, based in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, is one of the world’s leading centres for research on fetal and child health, nutrition, development, epigenetics and evolutionary medicine.  Our aim is to rapidly translate discoveries in basic science into therapies and strategies that will prevent or help people manage major health problems in the 21st century  – ‘a healthy start for a healthy life'.

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19-September-2017 - 
19-September-2019

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Liggins Institute General Fund

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Dr Nicole Bassett, Development Manager Liggins Institute
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+64 21 2462801
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n.bassett@auckland.ac.nz

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