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OUS Auckland - Professor Jane Harding on 'How New Zealand research is changing the care of babies worldwide'

Old Government House, corner of Waterloo Quadrant & Princes St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Thursday, 25 May 2017
$5 cash at the door

OUS Auckland invites alumni to join them for a talk by Professor Jane Harding, distinguished Professor of Neonatology at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute, on 'How New Zealand research is changing the care of babies worldwide.'

The distinguished academic was appointed to the faculty of the University of Auckland in 1989 and made Professor of Neonatology in 1997. She was until recently, also the University of Auckland's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), and was winner of the prestigious Health Research Council of New Zealand Beaven Medal in 2016.

Her team’s trial of 400 babies born at Waikato Hospital at risk of low blood sugar was the first study to show that dextrose gel massaged into the inside of a baby’s cheek is more effective than feeding alone for treating low blood sugar. Subsequent studies of these babies at two years old confirmed the treatment was safe in the longer term.

Her 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, and the long-term consequences of treatments given around the time of birth.

Professor Harding obtained her medical degree at the University of Auckland. She then trained in fetal physiology on a Rhodes Scholarship, completing her DPhil at Oxford. After specialist training as a Paediatrician in New Zealand, she completed her Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians qualification in neonatology. Her postdoctoral training was as a Fogarty Fellow at the University of California at San Francisco.

There will be a cash bar on the evening following Professor Harding's presentation. Please RSVP by email to group Secretary Jon Lewin by Thursday 11 May at the latest.

Please note there is only staircase access to the venue.