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Thursday 24 November 2022 4:26pm

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), along-side the Healthier Lives–He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, Diabetes NZ and Lions New Zealand District 202F, hosted a symposium to celebrate 100 years since the first dose of insulin was administered for the treatment of diabetes.

The event also highlighted the new technologies that are available for the management of diabetes, and how they can improve the lives of those living with diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Transforming Lives: 100 years of insulin

  • 24 November 2022
  • 1pm - 5pm
  • Parliament's Grand Hall, Wellington and via livestream

View the programme for Transforming Lives

100 years of insulin by Dr Bob Smith

Watch the presentations from Transforming Lives

Read the speaker bios

Welcome to Transforming Lives

Hon Dr David Clark (MP for Dunedin)

100 years of insulin

Setting the scene
Professor Jim Mann (University of Otago)

60+ years on insulin
Mr Neil Stockdill (Ashburton)

Early origins of type 1 diabetes
Professor Jenny Couper (University of Adelaide)

Technologies for diabetes management

Automated Insulin Delivery – the gold standard for current type 1 diabetes management
Associate Professor Ben Wheeler (University of Otago)

Technologies and best care for type 2 diabetes – how do we fare in Aotearoa New Zealand?
Dr Ryan Paul (University of Waikato)

New technologies and ultra-rapid acting insulin: transforming sport and physical activity for people living with type 1 diabetes
Dr Damian Wiseman (Paralympics NZ)

Towards equitable access to diabetes technologies in Aotearoa

Advocacy story from Australia on pathway to continuous glucose monitoring funding
Ms Renza Scibilia (Diabetes Australia)

The life-changing experience of continuous glucose monitoring
Ms Brianna Veale (Wellington)

Continuous glucose monitoring and the whānau
Ms Brianna Veale, Ms Shelley McLaughlin, Assoc Prof Ben Wheeler

Advocating for type 1 diabetes in Parliament
Mr Simon Watts (MP for North Shore)

Diabetes NZ Awards Ceremony

Presentation of Awards and concluding remarks
Ms Catherine Taylor (Diabetes NZ)

Why does this event matter?

Although we have come a long way over the past 100 years, there is more work to be done to ensure equitable access to diabetes treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand.

There are currently several technologies available that can improve the health and quality of life of those living with diabetes and their families. Yet these technologies can cost thousands of dollars each year, and are not funded for all who need them in New Zealand.

Through this symposium we hoped to highlight why every New Zealander living with diabetes should have access to these life changing technologies.

Transforming Lives in the media

Read more about EDOR's diabetes research

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