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”


  • ONZM

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Alternative contact

Linda Paul

Liggins Institute

Building 503, Park Rd, Grafton

Ext 85327

Primary office location

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

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