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Medical Forum | Designing a mobile-phone delivered (mHealth) tool to support healthy lifestyles in Maori and Pasifika communities

Presented by Dr Lisa Te Morenga | BSc(Otago) BForSci(Hons)(Canterbury) PhD(Otago)

Senior Research Fellow in Human Nutrition and Associate Dean (Māori), Sciences

Dr Lisa Te Morenga (Ngāti Whatua, Te Rārawa, Ngā Puhi) is a nutritional scientist in the Department of Human Nutrition and a principal investigator with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research. Her research interests involve the role of diet in the treatment and prevention of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has a special interest in the relationship between nutrition and hauora (Māori health).

Current research includes developing better methods for assessing sugar intakes and examining the effects of dietary sugars in health through a series of dietary intervention studies, population studies and meta-analyses; investigating how to maximise the health benefits of wholegrain foods; and participatory research with Māori communities to find more effective approaches for achieving long-term good health and reducing health inequities.

Lisa has recently contributed to the development of the new World Health Organization recommendations on sugars, saturated fat and carbohydrates by preparing systematic reviews of the evidence underpinning the recommendations. She is an associate investigator with the Riddet Institute and the Nga Pae o te Maramatamga Centres of Research Excellence, and an investigator on two projects funded under the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge (one as a co-Primary investigator).

About Medical Forum
The Medical Forum is a weekly lecture series presenting cutting edge medical research by leaders in their fields. The presentations are designed for health professionals, academics and clinical researchers, and students across the Division of Health Sciences (especially ELM and postgraduate candidates). The Medical Forum is hosted by the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society as a joint initiative with the Dunedin School of Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Southern District Health Board.

Date Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Time 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience All University,Alumni
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (DSM), Women's and Children's Health (DSM), Surgical Sciences (DSM), School of Physical Education, Psychological Medicine (DSM), Pathology (DSM), Dean's Department (DSM), General Practice and Rural Health (DSM), Medicine (DSM), General Practice and Rural Health (DSM), Human Nutrition
LocationDental Blue Lecture Theatre | Ground Floor, Dentistry Building
Contact NameDr Sarah Soper
Contact Emailmedical.forum@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/dsm/news/medicalforum.html

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