Titiro whakamuri Kōkiri whakamua – Look back and reflect so you can move forward

The Perinatal Society of New Zealand in conjunction with the OnTrack Network are proud to present the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Geoffrey Thorburn Lecture for 2023. This prestigious event is being held at Auckland University of Technology’s City Campus on Friday 13th October, delivered by Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding.

The Geoffrey Thorburn Lecture will be the culmination of an exciting in-person one-day programme of eminent and emerging invited perinatal researchers from Aotearoa and Australia speaking to a wide range of important perinatal research priorities. Professor Harding will be speaking from 5-6pm followed by a social networking event of drinks and canapes. We look forward to welcoming you in Auckland on Friday 13th October.

Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding


Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding is a clinician scientist and specialist neonatologist in the LiFePATH research group of the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.  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) for 8 years, with overall responsibility for the University’s research activities.

Her 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 (Royal Australasian College of Physicians), the Beaven Medal (Health Research Council of New Zealand), the Norman J Siegel Outstanding Science Award (American Pediatric Society), Liley Award (Perinatal Research Society USA), Women of Influence Supreme Award, the Rutherford Medal (Royal Society of New Zealand) and the Prime Minister’s Science Prize.  She was made Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2020 for services to Paediatrics.