Professor Paul Leslie Hofman

MbChB, Dip Obs, FRACP

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Professor - Medical
Professor - Clinical


I am primarily a paediatric endocrinologist who divides time between clinical work at the Starship Children Hospital and research at the Liggins Institute. I have a focus on clinical research, especially in the areas of child and adolescent diabetes, new born screening, obesity and developmental origins of adult disease.  I am  actively involved in postgraduate teaching and am a supervisor for MSc, PhD and MD stduents.

I have senior roles in the two largest regional societies (immediate past-president of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group and president elect of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society). I assist numerous support groups including the Diabetes Youth, Turner Syndrome society, the Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia society and the Prader Willi Syndrome Society, whereI am past president. I am also part of a small group of regional endocrinologists involved in improving endocrine training in the Asia Pacific Region and regularly involved in endocrine training workshops in Asia.



Research | Current

Key Research interests

Much of Paul's research involves issues related to the perinatal environment and its effect on adult health. These include:

  • Metabolic and growth effects of prematurity.
  • Metabolic and growth effects of being small for gestational age.
  • Metabolic and growth effects of being born by assisted reproductive techniques.
  • Metabolic consequences of pubertal timing.
  • Exercise in pregnancy and maternal and infant outcomes.
  • Diabetes – especially the effects on cardiovascular function.

Liggins Institute pages

Teaching | Current

Actively involved in teaching 3rd, 5th and 6th year medical students.

Also been both a 5th year supervisor and 6th year paediatric supervisor.

Gives regular tutorials to postgraduate trainees in paediatrics and assist them in oral exam preparation.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • President Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society
  • Director of the Paykel Clinical Research Centre
  • Member national newborn advisory panel

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 202F
New Zealand