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The Diabesity Crisis: How can we make a difference?

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The livestream of this event will commence at approx 9.30am Friday 17 March 2017.

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research is hosting a national research symposium on diabetes and obesity in Auckland on 17 March, 2017.

Co-hosted with A Better Start and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenges, The Diabesity Crisis: how can we make a difference? meeting brings together national and international experts in diabetes and obesity research, focusing on how preventive actions and treatments can make a difference to the rising tide of diabetes and obesity in New Zealand.

Programme (PDF, 605KB)

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Evidence for making a real difference

New Zealand is facing a rising tide of diabesity. Our rates of diabetes and obesity are amongst the highest in the world. The problem is starting in early life and leading to increased levels of disability in mid- and later-life. There is a significant and growing cost in both human and economic terms and we urgently need solutions for individuals and communities.

Many interventions have been tried but not all have proved successful. This symposium will focus on evidence about what will make a real difference, across a spectrum covering public health measures, social inequalities, better understanding of genetic predisposition, lifestyle changes and surgical options.

Meet our diabesity crisis speakers

Related event

The evening before our diabesity symposium we're holding a public forum: The 'cost' of sugar.

The sugar forum is at the same venue as the symposium, runs from 7–9pm, and is free. Read more about the forum and speakers:

The 'cost' of sugar forum

The diabesity crisis symposium hosts

The hosts are three leading research groups that share a common interest in tackling the health problems New Zealand is facing as a result of increasing levels of obesity and diabetes.

A Better Start National Science Challenge has a focus on finding better ways to predict, prevent and treat obesity in children and teenagers.

The Healthier Lives National Science Challenge aims to reduce levels of diabetes and obesity in adults in line with World Health Organisation recommendations.

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre has been working to reduce the global burden of these diseases through research and dissemination of knowledge for the past decade.

We are delighted to collaborate with each other in order to bring cutting edge national and international research findings to a wide audience in New Zealand.

Date Friday, 17 March 2017
Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Symposium
LocationOnline via livestream, and in-person at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital
CostFree (livestream); NZ$50 (in-person)

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