Professor Wayne Cutfield is Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute, and an expert on insulin sensitivity and action in children. He leads clinical research which shows how environmental influences early in life can affect childhood growth and development in ways that could lead to chronic conditions in adult life.
Professor Cutfield is Director of A Better Start National Science Challenge and Science Leader of its Childhood Obesity research theme. He is a former Director of the Liggins Institute (2009 to 2015) and also of Endocrinology at Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital, where he was responsible for innovations in the care of children with hormone based conditions such as diabetes and growth disorders. He has been involved in the training of junior doctors in Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Endocrinology Specialist Advisory Committee. He was Chairman of the New Zealand Growth Hormone Committee from 2000 to 2009, and established the Maurice and Agnes Paykel Clinical Research Unit at the Liggins Institute.