Prof Dame Jane Elizabeth Harding


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Professor Harding obtained her medical degree at The University of Auckland. She then trained in fetal physiology on a Rhodes Scholarship, completing her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. After specialist training as a Paediatrician 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.

Professor Harding was appointed to the faculty of The University of Auckland in 1989 and was appointed Professor of Neonatology in 1997. She was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) for The University of Auckland from 2008-2015, and is a member of the LiFePATH research group of the University’s Liggins Institute.

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.


Research | Current

  • Fetal and neonatal care
  • Growth, development and fetal physiology
  • Nutrition and growth factors
  • Clinical trials
  • Long-term follow-up

Major grant funding:

  • Principal Investigator, HRC Programme Grant "Assessing the impact of maternal and perinatal interventions on life-long health"
  • Principal Investigator, NIH Award “Children with Hypoglycemia and their Later Development” (the CHYLD Study)
  • Principal Investigator, HRC Project Grant "Preventing neonatal hypoglycaemia with oral dextrose gel"
  • Principal Investigator, HRC Project Grant "Does preventing neonatal hypoglycaemia improve outcome at two years of age?"
  • Principal Investigator, HRC Project Grant "Mid-Childhood outcomes of children born at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia"
  • Co-Investigator, HRC Programme Grant “Feeding preterm babies for life-long health”


  • DNZM

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Harris, D. L., Weston, P. J., Gamble, G. D., & Harding, J. E. (2020). Glucose Profiles in Healthy Term Infants in the First 5 Days: The Glucose in Well Babies (GLOW) Study. The Journal of pediatrics, 223, 34-41.e4. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.02.079
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Harris, Greg Gamble
  • Cormack, B. E., Jiang, Y., Harding, J. E., Crowther, C. A., Lynn, A., Nair, A., ... Webster, D. (2020). Plasma ammonia concentrations in extremely low birthweight infants in the first week after birth: secondary analysis from the ProVIDe randomized clinical trial. Pediatric research, 88 (2), 250-256. 10.1038/s41390-019-0730-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Barbara Cormack, Frank Bloomfield, Caroline Crowther
  • Kennedy, E., Wouldes, T., Perry, D., Deib, G., Alsweiler, J., Crowther, C., ... MagNUM Study Group (2020). Profiles of neurobehavior and their associations with brain abnormalities on MRI in infants born preterm. Early human development, 14510.1016/j.earlhumdev.2020.105041
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trecia Wouldes, Jane Alsweiler, Caroline Crowther, Eleanor Kennedy
  • Manerkar, K., Harding, J., Conlon, C., & McKinlay, C. (2020). Maternal gestational diabetes and infant feeding, nutrition and growth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The British journal of nutrition, 123 (11), 1201-1215. 10.1017/s0007114520000264
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris McKinlay
  • Lin, L., Amissah, E., Gamble, G. D., Crowther, C. A., & Harding, J. E. (2020). Impact of macronutrient supplements on later growth of children born preterm or small for gestational age: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised and quasirandomised controlled trials. PLoS medicine, 17 (5)10.1371/journal.pmed.1003122
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Caroline Crowther, Greg Gamble
  • Cormack, B. E., Jiang, Y., Harding, J. E., Crowther, C. A., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2020). Relationships between Neonatal Nutrition and Growth to 36 Weeks' Corrected Age in ELBW Babies-Secondary Cohort Analysis from the Provide Trial. Nutrients, 12 (3).10.3390/nu12030760
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Barbara Cormack, Frank Bloomfield, Caroline Crowther
  • Cumberpatch, A. R., Weston, P. J., Harding, J. E., & Harris, D. L. (2020). Parents of babies who participated in an invasive clinical study report a positive experience: the Glucose in Well Babies (GLOW) study. Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition, 105 (1), 4-7. 10.1136/archdischild-2019-317417
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Harris
  • Tottman, A. C., Alsweiler, J. M., Bloomfield, F. H., Gamble, G. D., Jiang, Y., Leung, M., ... Harding, J. E. (2020). Relationships Between Early Neonatal Nutrition and Neurodevelopment at School Age in Children Born Very Preterm. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 70 (1), 72-78. 10.1097/mpg.0000000000002471
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Tottman, Jane Alsweiler, Frank Bloomfield, Benjamin Thompson, Yannan Jiang, Greg Gamble, Trecia Wouldes


Contact details

Alternative contact

Adam Paterson

Liggins Institute

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M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 2, Room 265
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