Dr Mark Hope Oliver

PhD, MSc (Hons), BSc

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Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Masters in gastrointestinal physiology of ruminants (Waikato University). PhD at Auckland on the topic of fetal growth physiology. Mark's current scientific focus is on the consequences of an altered environment before and during pregnancy on maternal adaption to pregnancy and postnatal physiology, growth and health of the offspring.

Other areas of active research involvement include the treatment of intrauterine growth restriction and postnatal outcomes, preterm birth and its consequences, maternal behaviour.

Mark was primarily responsible for the establishment, ongoing development and management of the Liggins Institute. Initially this included operations, but is now more focused on the development of biomedical and production animal research activities.

He is also involved in animal health and welfare research. He was a former double-term member of The University of Auckland Animal Ethics Committee.

Affiliations and collaborations:

  • External collaborator for the Strategic Research Centre for Fetal Programming, Danish Strategic Research Council
  • Collaborations with research groups at AgResearch, Massey University, Manchester University, Landcorp Farming Ltd
  • Commercial research interests managed in conjunction with UniServices Ltd

Personal quote:

“In my research I always look for synergies between biomedical, production and animal health and welfare. I am uniquely qualified to work between these research platforms and am always keen to form new collaborations.”

 

Research | Current

  • Maternal environment and its effect on postnatal disease in the offspring
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Health, welfare and nutrition during pregnancy (sheep and cattle)
  • Prematurity
  • Specialised nutrition for pregnant and young, growing ruminants

Research theme:

Major research funding:

  • Principal Investigator on NRCGD Major Project
  • Associate Investigator on HRC Programme Grant
  • UniServices Ltd commercial project grants (2 active)
  • Uniservices Ltd commercial consultancy (1 active)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Donovan, E. L., Buckels, E. J., Hancock, S., Smeitink, D., Oliver, M. H., Bloomfield, F. H., & Jaquiery, A. L. (2017). Twin Conception in Sheep Leads to Impaired Insulin Sensitivity and Sexually Dimorphic Adipose Tissue and Skeletal Muscle Phenotypes in Adulthood. Reproductive sciences (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 24 (6), 865-881. 10.1177/1933719116670516
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Anne Jaquiery
  • Berry, M. J., Jaquiery, A. L., Oliver, M. H., Harding, J. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Neonatal milk supplementation in lambs has persistent effects on growth and metabolic function that differ by sex and gestational age. The British journal of nutrition, 116 (11), 1912-1925. 10.1017/s0007114516004013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding
  • Jaquiery, A. L., Park, S. S., Phua, H. H., Berry, M. J., Meijler, D., Harding, J. E., ... Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Brief neonatal nutritional supplementation has sex-specific effects on glucose tolerance and insulin regulating genes in juvenile lambs. Pediatric Research, 80 (6), 861-869. 10.1038/pr.2016.168
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding, Frank Bloomfield
  • Hegarty, J. E., Harding, J. E., Oliver, M. H., Gamble, G., Dickson, J. L., Chase, G., & Jaquiery, A. L. (2016). Oral dextrose gel to improve survival in less vigorous newborn triplet lambs: a randomised controlled trial. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 1-16. 10.1080/00288233.2016.1240091
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32150
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Hegarty, Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble
  • Oyston, C., Stanley, J. L., Oliver, M. H., Bloomfield, F. H., & Baker, P. N. (2016). Maternal Administration of Sildenafil Citrate Alters Fetal and Placental Growth and Fetal-Placental Vascular Resistance in the Growth-Restricted Ovine Fetus. Hypertension, 68 (3), 760-767. 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.116.07662
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31896
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield
  • Sales, F., Sciascia, Q., van der Linden, D. S., Wards, N. J., Oliver, M. H., & McCoard, S. A. (2016). Intravenous maternal l-arginine administration to twin-bearing ewes, during late pregnancy, is associated with increased fetal muscle mTOR abundance and postnatal growth in twin female lambs. Journal of Animal Science, 94 (6), 2519-2531. 10.2527/jas.2016-0320
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29783
  • Spiroski, A.-M., Oliver, M. H., Harding, J. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Intrauterine Intervention for the Treatment of Fetal Growth Restriction. Current pediatric reviews, 12 (3), 168-178. 10.2174/1573396312666160808151856
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30817
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Jane Harding
  • van der Linden, D. S., Sciascia, Q., Sales, F., Wards, N. J., Oliver, M. H., & McCoard, S. A. (2015). Intravenous maternal l-arginine administration to twin-bearing ewes during late pregnancy enhances placental growth and development. Journal of Animal Science, 93 (10), 4917-4925. 10.2527/jas.2014-8396
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29784