Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development is a government-funded Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) which draws its members from New Zealand’s universities, medical schools, and research institutions. Its members are biomedical, clinical and animal scientists dedicated to finding out what factors and processes influence early life growth and development in both humans and animals, in order to identify future health and disease risk. Gravida is actively involved in the translation of its scientific findings into clinical practice, agricultural productivity, health promotion and education outreach in order to ensure the health and well-being of New Zealanders.