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Professor Jane Harding is a Distinguished Professor at The University of Auckland, and a member of the LiFePATH research group of the University’s Liggins Institute. She served as the Deputy-Vice Chancellor of Research and a Director of Auckland UniServices Limited from 2008 - 2015 and was a practising neonatologist at Auckland National Women's Hospital's newborn intensive care nursery until 2007. She is an international authority on the regulation of fetal growth, placental function, and the treatment and consequences of undernutrition in the womb. Professor Harding’s research activities include clinical as well as basic physiological studies. Her main interests concern the interaction of nutrients and growth factors in the regulation of growth before and after birth, perinatal glucose regulation, and the long-term consequences of treatments given around the time of birth.

She obtained her medical degree from The University of Auckland, then trained in fetal physiology on a Rhodes Scholarship, completing her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. After specialist training as a Pediatrician in New Zealand, she completed her FRACP in neonatology. Her postdoctoral training was as a Fogarty Fellow at the University of California at San Francisco. She was appointed to the faculty of The University of Auckland in 1989 and was appointed Professor of Neonatology in 1997.

Professor Harding has served on a range of national and international academies and bodies including those of the Health Research Council of New Zealand, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2001 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. In 2004, North & South magazine made her joint New Zealander of the Year. Other awards include the Howard Williams Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Beaven Medal for excellence in translational health research from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.


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