New NRCGD Director announced

The University of Auckland are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Philip Baker to the joint positions of Director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development (NRCGD) and Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health at the Liggins Institute. Professor Baker graduated from the Nottingham University Medical School and was subsequently awarded a Doctorate in Medicine. He then completed his training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in the UK.
Professor Baker has balanced clinical practice in obstetrics with an impressive research career. He has a track record of building high calibre research teams that led to his appointment as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. He has achieved research funding of more than £14 million over the past 10 years and has published more than 250 peer reviewed manuscripts. His translational research has focused on causes and treatments of pre-eclampsia. He is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Senior Advisor to the Provost on International Health and Science Initiatives at the University of Alberta, Canada.
Professor Baker has commented that he is very excited by the opportunity to direct the Centre, and to work with such high calibre researchers. He has already begun to engage with the activities of the NRCGD, and will join us full time later in September.
Professor Hugh Blair, an associate director of the NRCGD and Professor of Animal Science at Massey University, is the current Acting Director pending Professor Baker’s arrival in New Zealand.