Night of the Dames

News — By on October 12, 2017 3:24 pm

This was a first for the University and quite possibly a record event for New Zealand: a gathering of 20 Kiwi Dames to celebrate the achievements of the Liggins Institute.

The glittering event, attended by 300 distinguished guests, was held to celebrate the research of the institute, which aims to give all babies a healthy start.

Each Dame hosted a table of ten in the pavilion at Old Government House, where dinner guests had the chance to hear about the institute’s research both from senior academics and research participants.

Among the speakers were Sir Peter Gluckman, founding director of the Liggins Institute; Professor Frank Bloomfield, its current director; and renowned researchers Professors Jane Harding and Wayne Cutfield. Two research participants also spoke.

One was Amanda Kamani, whose children were participants in two studies led by Jane Harding, looking at whether dextrose gel, used to treat low blood sugars in newborns, could be used as a preventative for the condition, which affects one in six newborns.

The other was Catherine Davies, who was advanced in pregnancy and was taking part in the NiPPeR study, looking at whether a special cocktail of vitamins, other nutrients and probiotics taken by pregnant women can help break the intergenerational transfer of obesity.

Dames who attended were Deidre Milne, Diane Robertson, Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Wendy Pye, Paula Rebstock, Margaret Sparrow, Malvina Major, Jenny Shipley, Beverley Wakem, Cath Tizard, Lowell Goddard, Lesley Max, Kate Harcourt, Jocelyn Fish, Silvia Cartwright, Alison Paterson, Therese Walsh, Rosanne Meo, Susan Devoy and Rosie Horton.

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was unable to attend but sent a prerecorded video message to kick off the evening.

Pictured from left: Dame Jenny Shipley, Dame Jocelyn Fish, Margaret Fish

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