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[World Report] Profile: The Liggins Institute, New Zealand

Named after Graham ‘Mont’ Liggins—who proved steroid treatment to accelerate lung development could help premature babies survive—the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, focuses on early life development and research across the life course. Peter Gluckman— who founded the Liggins in 2002 and is now Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister—said back then that “New Zealand must have a critical mass of scientists doing world class research”. And so, with colleagues including Wayne Cutfield and Jane Harding who remain with the institute today, and backed by the late Mont Liggins, Gluckman launched the institute.