About the presenter

Spring Week on Campus 2020
Jane Harding

Jane Harding


Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding is a University Distinguished Professor, and a researcher in the LiFEPATH research group of the University’s Liggins Institute. Her training included a medical degree at the University of Auckland, a D Phil at the University of Oxford, and a postdoctoral Fogarty Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.

Professor Harding has undertaken teaching and research at the University of Auckland for much of her career. She is a paediatrician and practised as specialist neonatologist caring for newborn babies at National Women’s Hospital. She was also Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), with overall responsibility for the University’s research activities.

Her on-going research concerns the role of nutrition and growth factors in the regulation of growth before and after birth, blood glucose regulation in the newborn, and the longterm consequences of treatments given around the time of birth.

Amongst her many awards are the Howard Williams Medal from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Beaven Medal from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Norman J Siegel Outstanding Science Award from the American Pediatric Society, and the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand