Conference Speakers

Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan, Riddet Institute, Massey University, New Zealand

Professor Moughan graduated PhD from Massey University in the area of mammalian protein metabolism in 1984. His early research career focused on digestive physiology and the mathematical modelling of amino acid digestion and metabolism in monogastric species of animal, especially avian, porcine, feline and human. Over the last 20 years he has led a systematic discovery-based research programme into the effects of diet on gut metabolism and digestion and, amongst other discoveries, is credited with establishing the role of food peptides in influencing gut protein metabolism. He has also made significant contributions to knowledge in the chemical analysis of foods and the development of bioassays of nutrient availability. The latter have had considerable application in practice. He is widely regarded as a world authority on mammalian protein metabolism and food evaluation science.

 About Feeding the Future Conference 2019 presentation

In addition to animal models for human nutrition, our group has been responsible for providing the most accurate data on the amino acid composition of human breast milk, and a talk around this would be timely. Professor Moughan’s presentation will be about amino acid requirements of the human infant including an assessment of amino acid digestibility? This would include mention of the milk-fed piglet model for determining AA digestibility in babies and establishment of a pattern of absorbed AA’s for infants.


Professor Mark Vickers, Associate Director – Academic, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand

 Mark’s primary interest is in the developmental origins of health and disease with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in offspring.  He also has an interest in therapies aimed at reversing the metabolic disturbances that result from a suboptimal early life environment.

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Research session – The First 1000 Days – Big Picture Overview


 Dr Clare Wall, Associate Professor, The University of Auckland

 Clare’s main research focus is the interrelationship between the determinants of nutritional status and health outcomes in the paediatric population. The nutritional environment is the new frontier for human adaptation because more and more people are living in environments which are not conducive of good nutrition practices and which are becoming increasingly more challenging. She has been researching this topic by examining the relationship between nutritional status, dietary intake and health in early life.

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Research session – The First 1000 Days – Specific example


Professor Tim Green, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Tim Green joined the Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children theme in January 2016. Previously he was a Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia and a Scientist at BC’s Child & Family Research Institute. Prior to that, Tim spent eight years as a lecturer in human nutrition at the University of Otago in NZ. Within the past five years, Tim has had funding from The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Global Affairs Canada, International Development Research Council, Grand Challenges Canada, The Micronutrient Initiative, and Harvest Plus. 

 His research focuses on micronutrients in pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, lactation, and early life (first 1000 days) with studies conducted in Canada, NZ, Asia and Africa. His group seeks to: identify micronutrient deficiencies through nutrition surveys; better define micronutrient requirements and pregnancy outcomes in these groups through RCTs; and develop sustainable strategies to improve micronutrient status.

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Associate Professor Jeffrey Craig, Centre for Molecular and Medical Research, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Associate Professor Jeff Craig is a Lecturer in Medical Sciences at School of Medicine at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria. Prior to this, he spent twenty years as a researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne. He studies the role of epigenetics in mediating the effects of early life environment on the risk for chronic disease. He is currently developing epigenetic biomarkers from easy-to-collect biosamples. Dr Craig has established a number of longitudinal cohorts in collaboration with clinicians and epidemiologists. Most have involved twins, due their ability to resolve the effects of genes and environments, particularly in the prenatal period. His longest-running cohort, the Peri/postnatal Epigenetic Twin Study (PETS), is currently funded to study children at eleven years of age. Dr Craig is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC-funded Twins Centre of Research Excellence and President of the International Society for Twin Studies. He has a keen interest in the applications of his research for public health and to do this, he is engaging with the public and with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines. In the broader context, he is interested in the two-way interactions between human health and the health of the environment.

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Professor Frank Bloomfield, Director, Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland

Professor Frank Bloomfield is the Director of the Liggins Institute.  He is a Professor in Neonatology, a Consultant Neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital, and past President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Frank took a BSc (first class honours) in Experimental Immunology and Oncology at the University of Manchester and then MBChB, also at Manchester. He trained in paediatrics in the north-west of England, obtaining MRCP before moving to New Zealand where he specialised in neonatal paediatrics, obtaining FRACP. He took a PhD in paediatrics at The University of Auckland and spent two years in Toronto as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a neonatal transport fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Neonatology at The University of Auckland and a specialist neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital in 2002.  In 2013 he was promoted to Professor and in 2015 was appointed Director of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.

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