Chief Scientific Officer
Prof Peter Gluckman is the Founding Director of the Liggins Institute and one of New Zealand's best known scientists. His research focuses on what gives us a healthy start to life: understanding how a baby’s environment between conception and birth determines its childhood development and life-long health - and the impact that this knowledge has for individuals and whole populations. His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, The Royal Society (London). He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain. In 1997 he was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to medicine and in 2001 received New Zealand's top science award, the Rutherford Medal. A University of Auckland Distinguished Professor, he is Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology and Director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development. He was formerly Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for nine years. He has been extensively involved in many aspects of science, health and educational policy development. Professor Gluckman is an international advocate for science, promoting the translation of discoveries in biomedical research into improvements in long term health outcomes. His work with organisations such as the WHO has brought growing recognition of the importance of a healthy start to life. He is the author of over 500 scientific papers and reviews and editor of eight books, including two influential textbooks in his subject area. He is passionate about communicating a better understanding of science in the community and, with colleague Mark Hanson of The University of Southampton, has co-authored two books for non-scientific audiences: The Fetal Matrix (2004) which summarises his ideas on how events in early life lead to altered disease risk in later life and Mismatch - why our world no longer fits our bodies (2006).
Aris IM, Bernard JY, Chen LW, Tint MT, Lim WY, Soh SE, Saw SM, Shek LC, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Kramer MS, Lee YS. ''Postnatal height and adiposity gain, childhood blood pressure and prehypertension risk in an Asian birth cohort''. Int J Obes (Lond). 10 Feb 2017. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.40.
Chen LW, Aris IM, Bernard JY, Tint MT, Chia A, Colega M, Gluckman PD, Shek LP, Saw SM, Chong YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, van Dam RM, Chong MF, Lee YS. ''Associations of Maternal Dietary Patterns during Pregnancy with Offspring Adiposity from Birth Until 54 Months of Age''. Nutrients. 22 Dec 2016. 9(1):E2. doi: 10.3390/nu9010002.
Wee CY, Tuan TA, Broekman BF, Ong MY, Chong YS, Kwek K, Shek L, Saw SM, Gluckman PD, Fortier MV, Meaney MJ, Qiu A. ''Neonatal neural networks predict children behavioral profiles later in life''. Hum Brain Mapp. 16 Nov 2016. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23459.
Cai S, Tan S, Gluckman PD, Godfrey KM, Saw SM, Teoh OH, Chong YS, Meaney MJ, Kramer MS, Gooley JJ. ''Sleep Quality and Nocturnal Sleep Duration in Pregnancy and Risk of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus''. Sleep. 14 Nov 2016.
Loo EX, Sim JZ, Goh A, Teoh OH, Chan YH, Saw SM, Kwek K, Gluckman PD, Godfrey KM, Van Bever H, Chong YS, Lee BW, Kramer MS, Shek LP. ''Predictors of allergen sensitization in Singapore children from birth to 3 years''. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 24 Oct 2016. doi: 10.1186/s13223-016-0161-x.
Padmapriya N, Bernard JY, Liang S, Loy SL, Shen Z, Kwek K, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Saw SM, Meaney MJ, Chen H, Müller-Riemenschneider F. ''Association of physical activity and sedentary behavior with depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy in a multiethnic cohort of Asian women''. Arch Womens Ment Health. 23 Sep 2016. 19(6):1119-1128. doi: 10.1007/s00737-016-0664-y.
van Lee L, Tint MT, Aris IM, Quah PL, Fortier MV, Lee YS, Yap FK, Saw SM, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Kramer MS, Chong MF. ''Prospective associations of maternal betaine status with offspring weight and body composition at birth: the GUSTO (Growing Up in Singapore Toward healthy Outcomes) cohort study''. Am J Clin Nutr. 21 Sep 2016. 104(5):1327-1333. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.138818.
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