Professor Mark Hedley Vickers

BSc, MSc (Hons), PhD

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Biography

Mark's primary interest is in the developmental origins of health and disease with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in offspring.  He also has an interest in therapies aimed at reversing the metabolic disturbances that result from a suboptimal early life environment.

Collaborations:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Southampton
  • Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and National University of Singapore
  • University of Western Australia
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Personal quote:

“Few other aspects of nutrient supply and metabolism are of greater biological importance than the feeding of mothers during pregnancy and lactation. Our research aims to develop platforms to examine nutrition during these critical windows and optimize the health of mothers and offspring to reduce risk of adult diseases such as obesity and diabetes in adult life.”

 

Research | Current

  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Maternal and infant nutrition, obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes

Major grant funding:

  • Health Research Council of NZ (HRC)
  • Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development
  • Marsden Fund
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  • Auckland Medical Research Foundation

 

Teaching | Current

  • Developmental programming, Stage 3 Physiology
  • MedSci courses 304, 729, 734

Areas of expertise

Maternal nutrition, developmental programming, obesity, metabolic syndrome, pregnancy, diabetes, nutrition, fetal growth

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Dean Research (Liggins Institute)

UARC

Masters Advisory Committee

Postgraduate Studies Committee

Ethics Committee

NZ Representative, DOHaD Society

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Li, M., Reynolds, C. M., Gray, C., Patel, R., Sloboda, D. M., & Vickers, M. H. (2019). Long-term effects of a maternal high-fat: high-fructose diet on offspring growth and metabolism and impact of maternal taurine supplementation. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 1-8. 10.1017/s2040174419000709
  • Golovina, E., Vickers, M. H., Erb, C. D., & O’Sullivan JM (2019). Decoding the multimorbidities among psychiatric disorders and cognitive functioning. 10.1101/837914
  • Tu'akoi S, Vickers, M., Tamarua Herman, N., Tairea, K., Aung, Y. Y. M., & Bay, J. (2019). Taking DOHaD to the people of the Cook Islands. Paper presented at DOHaD 2019 Congress: Investing in a healthy future for all, Melbourne, Australia. 21 October - 23 October 2019. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48939
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siobhan Tu'akoi, Jacquie Bay
  • Tu'akoi S, Vickers, M., & Bay, J. (22/10/2019). DOHaD in developing nations: A systematic review exploring gaps in DOHaD population studies. Poster presented at DOHaD 2019 Congress: Investing in a healthy future for all, Melbourne, Australia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48988
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siobhan Tu'akoi, Jacquie Bay
  • Tu'akoi S, Bay, J., Tairea, K., Aung, Y. Y. M., Barrett-Watson, C., Herrmann, U., & Vickers, M. (22/10/2019). DOHaD in the Pacific: Connecting early-life factors and current health in Rarotongan adolescents. Poster presented at DOHaD 2019 Congress: Investing in a healthy future for all, Melbourne, Australia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48987
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siobhan Tu'akoi, Jacquie Bay
  • Tu'akoi S, Tamarua Herman, N., Vickers, M., Tairea, K., & Bay, J. (17/10/2019). Taking DOHaD to the people of the Cook Islands. Poster presented at DOHaD 2019 World Congress Satellite Meeting: Social determinants and the health of Indigenous Peoples, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48985
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siobhan Tu'akoi, Jacquie Bay
  • Cakebread, J. A., Wallace, O. A. M., Kruger, M. C., Vickers, M. H., & Hodgkinson, A. J. (2019). Supplementation with Bovine Milk or Soy Beverages Recovers Bone Mineralization in Young Growing Rats Fed an Insufficient Diet, in Contrast to an Almond Beverage. Current Developments in Nutrition, 3 (11).10.1093/cdn/nzz115
  • Galante, L., Vickers, M. H., Milan, A. M., Reynolds, C. M., Alexander, T., Bloomfield, F. H., & Pundir, S. (2019). Feasibility of Standardized Human Milk Collection in Neonatal Care Units. Scientific reports, 9 (1)10.1038/s41598-019-50560-y
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49024
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds, Frank Bloomfield, Shikha Pundir, Laura Galante, Amber Milan, Tanith Alexander

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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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