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Sir Peter Gluckman

Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Prof. Gluckman trained in paediatrics and endocrinology at the Universities of Otago, Auckland and the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to the University of Auckland 1980 to establish a research group in perinatal physiology and was executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 1992-2001 and from 2001-2009 was foundation director of the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland where he now heads the Centre of Human Evolution, Adaptation and Disease. His research encompasses the regulation of fetal and postnatal growth, nutrition, obesity and diabetes, the developmental origins of metabolic disease, the evolutionary-developmental biology-medical interface and epigenetic epidemiology. He has published over 500 refereed papers, 150 reviews and authored both technical and popular science books. He is also Program Director for Growth, Development and Metabolism at the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences and holds honorary chairs at the National University of Singapore and the University of Southampton. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of NZ in 1986, conferred a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in 1997 and conferred a knighthood in 2009. He was appointed University Distinguished Professor by the University of Auckland in 2001 when he was also awarded New Zealand’s highest scientific award, the Rutherford Medal. He has received numerous other scientific awards nationally and internationally. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2001, a foreign member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)(2004) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK (2006). In 2009 he was appointed the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand on a part-time basis. In that role he has published on science–diplomacy and science-policy interfaces.