School of Population Health

Centre for Longitudinal Research He Ara ki Mua - past events

Role of Maternal Distress in the Perinatal Programming of Allergic Disease

17 November 2014

Seminar by by Professor Anita Kozyrskyj

Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara Ki Mua – PhD Presentations

12 May 2014

  • Fiona Langridge – Investigating the health needs of primary school children in Tonga and the opportunities for effective interventions
  • Sarah Gerritsen -Kai Time in ECE: The influence of childcare on preschool dietary patterns and body size
  • Colleen McMilin - Lifecourse determinants of food allergy in New Zealand children
  • Jin Russell - Pathways to healthy development in New Zealand preschool children
  • Rajneeta Saraf - Newborn vitamin D status and respiratory tract infections in the first year of life

The developmental perspective: Maturation of the brain, the facilitating environment, and mastery of age specific developmental tasks

8 April 2014

Seminar by Professor James Harris

James Harris is a Developmental Neuropsychiatrist with expertise especially in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Intellectual Disability and Autism. He was on the DSM-5 committee that wrote the new definitions for these 3 conditions and the other Neurodevelopmental disorders. The newest of these is social (pragmatic) communication disorder. He was the chief author of the new definition of intellectual disability that, for the first time, incorporates a definition of intelligence in the definition. He was US liaison to WHO with the ICD-11 committee to harmonize the naming in the 2 classifications. Jim has 2 books with Oxford University Press titled Intellectual Disability. One is for parents and non-medical professionals.

Genetic Determinants of Early Growth and Development

3 March 2014

Seminar by visiting Seelye Fellow, Professor Marjo-Riitta Järvelin

Growing Up in Australia: (a) an overview; (b) predictors of socio-emotional, physical and cognitive outcomes

29 October 2013

Seminar by Professor Ann Sanson

Professor Ann Sanson is visiting as a Seelye Fellow and is sponsored by the Seelye Charitable Trust.
Growing Up in Australia is the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Planning for the study began in 2000, with the first wave of data collection on a national sample of 10,000 children (5000 infants and 5000 4-5 year olds) occurring in 2004. Since then a further 4 waves of data collection have taken place at 2-year intervals, and planning is underway for Waves 6-8.

In this talk Professor Sanson will first outline the history, governance, operational arrangements, content and products developed by the study. She will then focus on the three major child outcome areas assessed in the study, namely socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development, and use the first 3 waves of LSAC data and an ecological model of development to examine the predictors of these outcomes at age 8-9 years.

Modelling the Early Life-Course. The KIWI approach!

12 September 2013

Seminar by Professor Peter Davis

The Key to Pre-eclampsia and IMPROvED outcomes

4 June 2013

Seminar by Professor Phil Baker

Professor Baker graduated from the Nottingham University (UK) and was subsequently awarded a Doctorate in Medicine. He then completed his training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the UK. He is currently Director of Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development and Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health at the Liggins Institute.

Does psychological well-being predict resilience in adolescents?

27 March 2013

Seminar by Associate Professor Paul Jose

Paul Jose received his PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University in 1980, held a post-doc position at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and then subsequently took a teaching position at Loyola University Chicago, which he held for 18 years. He arrived in New Zealand about 12 years ago to take a position at Victoria University of Wellington.

Model choice: matching the approach to the goal

10 October 2012

Seminar by Professor Thomas Lumley

Thomas Lumley is Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland, and was previously Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with, currently the design and analysis of large-scale DNA resequencing studies.

Global NCD Challenges

20 September 2012

Seminar by Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole

Robert Beaglehole trained in medicine, epidemiology and public health in New Zealand, England and the USA before becoming a public health physician.  He joined the University of Auckland in 1979 and was Professor of Community Health from 1988. He joined the staff of the World Health Organization in 2000 and between 2004 and 2007 directed the Department of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion. He returned to New Zealand in 2007. He is now an independent global public health practitioner with a focus on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and, especially, tobacco control.  He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland, chairs the Lancet NCD Action Group and is an occasional adviser to WHO.

Evolution, Stress, and Sensitive Periods: The Influence of Unpredictability in Early Versus Late Childhood on Sex and Risky Behavior

19 June 2012

Seminar by Professor Jeffry Simpson

Jeffry Simpson is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is an internationally recognized leader in the study of close relationships and interpersonal processes.

According to a recent evolutionary life history model of social development (Ellis et al., 2009), growing up in harsh versus unpredictable environments should have unique effects on life history strategies and behavior in adulthood. Using data from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation (MLSRA), Professor Simpson and colleagues tested how harshness and unpredictability experienced in early childhood (age 0-5) versus in later childhood (age 6-16) uniquely predicted sexual and risky behavior at age 23.

Professor Simpson’s visit was funded by a Seelye Charitable Trust Fellowship.

Differences in health in the oldest old: lessons from the Newcastle 85+ study

15 May 2012

Seminar by Professor Carol Jagger Gender

Carol Jagger is the AXA Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing in the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. Her research spans demography and epidemiology with a focus on mental and physical functioning in the ageing and determinants of healthy active life expectancy, particularly through cohort studies of ageing: the Melton Mowbray studies and currently the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study and the MRC Newcastle 85+ study.

Within Europe she co-leads the European Health Expectancy Monitoring Unit, sits on the Steering Group of the European Health Survey System and the Task Force on Disability Surveys and leads the Healthy Ageing and Wellbeing theme of the FUTURAGE project which will create the roadmap for ageing research in Europe for the next 10-15 years. Nationally she has advised the Office of National Statistics and the Scottish Public Health Observatory on Healthy Life Expectancy, has provided evidence on this to the government Works and Pensions Committee and the Health Committee. Carol is a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Vitamin D, infection and allergy

28 February 2012

Seminar by Dr Carlos A. Camargo

Dr Camargo’s seminar is: 1. Review the main sources, clinical measurement, and general health effects of vitamin D. 2. Describe key studies on the association between vitamin D, infection, and allergy. 3. Discuss the implications of recent vitamin D findings for health researchers. Dr Camargo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, and an emergency physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr Camargo’s research focuses on nutrition and respiratory/allergy disorders in several national cohorts (such as the Nurses' Health Study). The health effects of obesity and vitamin D deficiency are active areas of investigation. He also founded and directs the Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), a research collaboration involving more than 200 medical centres. EMNet has completed numerous studies on respiratory/allergy emergencies and on other public health issues. Dr Camargo is past president of the American College of Epidemiology and has served on many national committees (including the 2005 US dietary guidelines, 2007 NIH asthma guidelines, and 2010 NIH food allergy guidelines). Dr Camargo has over 400 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr Camargo received his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford; MD from the UC San Francisco; MPH from the UC Berkeley; and Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Harvard.

Child Death Enquiry – key findings and lessons for primary care

22 November 2011

Seminar by Dr Anthony Harnden, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Dr Harnden’s seminar explores the themes and avoidable factors associated with the death of children in primary health care in the UK. The presentation will show that decisions made about diagnosis and management in primary care may affect the cause, time and circumstances of a child’s death.

Dr Harnden specialises in primary care paediatrics, specifically common childhood infection, vaccine preventable infection, the early diagnosis of serious disease and clinical trials in children. Dr Harnden graduated from Birmingham University Medical School in 1983. After hospital training in paediatrics (including a year here in Auckland) and vocational training in general practice he became a Principal in General Practice in Wheatley, Oxfordshire in 1990. Following completion of an MSc in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care at Oxford University in 2001 and a Governing Body Fellow of St Hugh’s College at Oxford University in 2002. Dr Harnden is also the Paediatric Director, Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit, Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford. Dr Harnden has published a number of original articles, editorials and commentaries and is co-author of the RCGP book ‘Promoting Child Health in Primary Care’. He is the GP member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation which advises the UK government on national immunisation policy and is clinical advisor for the British Medical Journal series ‘Easily Missed?’.

Understanding socioeconomic gradients in behaviour

30 August 2011

Seminar by Dr Daniel Nettle, Reader in Psychology, Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University

Dr Nettle is an anthropologist and psychologist with a special interest in how evolutionary theory can illuminate contemporary human behaviour and cognition. His research has been centrally concerned with explaining variation in human behaviour and culture. Most recently, Dr Nettle has been concerned with socioeconomic variation in behaviour within contemporary populations. In particular, Dr Nettle is seeking to understand the processes by which within the same country - indeed often within the same city - such radically divergent patterns of behaviour can be generated and maintained in different neighbourhoods.

Dr Nettle is inspired by ideas and techniques from ecology and evolution, and often brings these to bear on social science problems. His aim is not to reduce any one discipline to another, but rather to seek points of productive contact between the several branches of the social and life sciences.

More information about Dr Nettle can be found at

Launch of the Centre for Longitudinal Research - He Ara ki Mua

The Centre for Longitudinal Research - He Ara ki Mua was officially launched on 4 April 2011. The centre will provide an academic hub of expertise in life course epidemiological approaches to population health issues. It draws together academics from across the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Business and Education. The keynote speaker was Professor John Lynch, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Adelaide. Professor Lynch delivered a stimulating address that examined a life course approach to epidemiology and the enormous potential of longitudinal studies in New Zealand and overseas. Professor Lynch said Growing Up in New Zealand, the centre’s 21st century longitudinal study, should be commended for placing reducing inequalities at the heart of its design and acknowledged its commitment to translating the findings into real-world policies. Professor Lynch joined Professor Jane Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Iain Martin, Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid, Tumuaki/Deputy Dean, Maori in an insightful panel discussion about translating research and how to bridge the gap between policy and research. Future plans for the centre include: regular seminars and workshops to develop academic expertise, forum for discussions about common research issues, support for current projects and outputs and PhD and outputs and PhD and post doctoral career development opportunities.

Launch presentations

Launch welcome video presentation

presented by John Lynch, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology University of Adelaide

presented by Dr Susan Morton

presented by Associate Professor Cameron Grant
Video presentation

presented by Dr Mary Hedges (University of Auckland) Chris Shilling NZ Institute of Economic Research
Video presentation

Panel and closing comments from Dr Susan Morton video presentation

“Translating Research: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Research”
Panel Members:

  • Dr John Yeabsley, Senior Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research- Discussant
  • Professor Jane Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Professor Iain Martin, Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid, Tumuaki/Deputy Dean, Maori
  • Professor John Lynch, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Adelaide