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The Liggins Institute is a research institute, and is part of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The Institute, which is closely associated with the Faculty of Medical and Heath Sciences, specialises in Fetal and Developmental origins of disease, and is one of New Zealand’s 'Centres of Research Excellence'. The founding Director was Dr Peter Gluckman.
Research from the Liggins Institute is highly multi-disciplinary, and has often focused on relatively new areas of research: topics such as fetal programming - the idea that early developmental insults or altered physiology results in adaptation of the fetus for later life. Such adaptation may lead to obesity and/or disease.
The Liggins Institute holds an annual public lecture series.The aim is to share with our community not only our research but to look broadly at what is happening in science and beyond to explain, question and debate.The 2009 series "Darwin's legacy" took an eclectic look at evolution: five distinguished speakers discussed aspects of Man’s evolution - from the origins of the human body plan to our instinctive love of art.