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Pioneering better tools for managing type 1 diabetes

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Thursday 26 November 2020

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and Dr Sara Styles are involved in a number of initiatives aimed at improving the management of type 1 diabetes, a disease that primarily affect children.

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Find out why Sir Eion Edgar supports health research

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Thursday 1 October 2020

Sir Eion Edgar, benefactor and advisory board chair for the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, is an avid supporter of health research. A recent interview offers insight into why supporting research is important to him.

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Digital health programmes for diabetes - are they effective?

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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Professor Jeremy Krebs, Endocrinologist and EDOR researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, was part of the research team who carried out a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a digital health programme for self-management of diabetes and prediabetes

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Is intermittant fasting for you?

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Wednesday 5 August 2020

EDOR director Professor Rachael Taylor has been interviewed by RNZ on the use of intermittant fasting.

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Move More @ Work study seeking participants

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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Ever reach the end of a working day and wish you had moved your body just a bit more than you managed to achieve? Well here’s the perfect opportunity to break those sedentary habits, get a little bit of activity during work time, and benefit both yourself and some Otago research in the process.

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EDOR contributes to global cholesterol study in Nature

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Wednesday 3 June 2020

Professor Jim Mann, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre Co-Director, and EDOR member Associate Professor Rachael McLean, have contributed to the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels, published in the prestigious journal Nature.

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HRC Emerging Researcher grants for EDOR members

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Friday 29 May 2020

The HRC announced their 2020 Emerging Researcher grant recipients this week and EDOR members feature in two of the eight grants awarded to University of Otago applicants.

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Participate in the COVID-19 food survey

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Thursday 30 April 2020

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research member Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Victoria University of Wellington, is involved in a worldwide survey on how COVID-19 has changed the way we cook and eat.

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High fibre benefits those with diabetes or prediabetes

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Thursday 12 March 2020

EDOR researchers have found that found high-fibre diets are a key aspect of diabetes management.

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New Professors for EDOR

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Thursday 12 December 2019

Three EDOR researchers have been made Professor or Associate Professor in the recent University of Otago promotion round.

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Marsden Fund success for EDOR members

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Friday 6 December 2019

Several EDOR members have been successful in the gaining funding from the Royal Society Te Apārangi's Marsden fund in 2019.

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Health and the environment - how can we turn the tide?

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Thursday 23 May 2019

EDOR co-director Kirsten Coppell is concerned about the effect of the environment on health, and has co-authored a report listing key policy recommendations to increase active transport in New Zealand.

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Global uptake of EDOR research on dietary fibre and wholegrains

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Monday 21 January 2019

A paper published in the Lancet by EDOR researchers Dr Andrew Reynolds, Professor Jim Mann and Dr Lisa Te Morenga has received widespread media coverage.

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Tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand

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Monday 3 September 2018

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country.

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Experts agree - benefits of folic acid fortification outweigh risks

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Wednesday 8 August 2018

EDOR Co-director Professor Jim Mann has commented on a report that found that mandatory folic acid fortification is linked to lower rates of birth defects, and that taking folic acid supplements at the recommended doses in pregnancy has no adverse effects on pregnancy outcome or the child’s health.

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Kids'Cam team wins award for innovative research paper

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Tuesday 5 June 2018

The Kids'Cam team has been featured in the latest issue of the Otago Magazine, and their seminal paper published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity last year has just been awarded best publication for 2017.

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Promising technology for teenagers with type 1 diabetes

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Thursday 12 April 2018

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler, Paediatric Endocrinologist and member of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), has commenced a trial to assess the real-world effectiveness of novel flash continuous glucose monitors in teenagers with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

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Thursday 7 December 2017

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.

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Could probiotics be used to prevent diabetes?

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Thursday 2 November 2017

EDOR researcher Jeremy Krebs is investigating if adults with prediabetes who take a probiotic supplement can improve the glucose and fat levels in their blood.

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New Zealand retains third place in obesity rankings

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Thursday 26 October 2017

New Zealand is still third in the OECD for rates of obesity.  EDOR Professors Barry Taylor and Jim Mann explain what needs to happen to make a positive change in obesity statistics in New Zealand.

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China and New Zealand collaborate to cure disease

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Senior health researchers from China met with University of Otago researchers last week to develop shared interests as part of the New Zealand-China Non-communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre.

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Co-design of a smartphone app empowers communities

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Tuesday 19 September 2017

EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga is part of team designing a mobile health (mHealth) tool in partnership with Māori and Pasifika Communities, to help Kiwis become healthier and reduce their risk of heart disease, obesity.

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One study does not a dietary recommendation make

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Wednesday 30 August 2017

Professor Jim Mann comments on the PURE study, published in The Lancet, in which the authors' call for global dietary guidelines to be reconsidered in the light of its findings.

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Economic cost of diabetes among Pacific peoples in NZ

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Thursday 3 August 2017

Darlene Pupi, a University of Otago medical student, used her HRC-funded Pacific Health Career Development Award to explore the economic cost of diabetes among Pacific peoples living in New Zealand.

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New diabetes technology could be unaffordable for some

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Tuesday 11 July 2017

New glucose sensor technology has just become available in New Zealand but as it is not funded by Pharmac, University of Otago researchers fear it could be out of reach for some people with diabetes in this country.

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Internationally renowned nutrition textbook now into 5th edition

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

The 5th edition of the popular textbook, Essentials of Human Nutrition, edited by EDOR Co-director Professor Jim Mann and colleague Professor Stewart Truswell, has just been published and was celebrated at a book launch on 23 May, 2017.

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EDOR researchers visit China

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Friday 19 May 2017

EDOR researchers have visited China this week, as members of the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre. 

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Rachel Batterham explains how bariatric surgery really works

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Sunday 19 March 2017

Kim Hill talks with Professor Rachel Batterham about bariatric surgery on her Radio New Zealand Saturday morning show, following Professor Batterham's presentation at the Diabesity Crisis symposium on 17, March, 2017.

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Don't miss The 'cost' of sugar forum, 16 March, 2017

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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Register for The 'cost' of sugar forum, chaired by Kim Hill, and hosted by Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, and the National Science Challenges A Better Start and Healthier Lives, 16 March, 7-9pm, Auckland City Hospital.

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PIPI study wins Innovation Award

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Monday 5 December 2016

A novel Otago-led prediabetes pilot project has won an Excellence in Innovation award at the recent Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Health Awards.

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E-cigarettes to treat obesity?

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Thursday 27 October 2016

Professor Jim Mann has commented on the suggestion that e-cigarettes could be used to combat obesity.

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The highs and lows of carbohydrate

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Friday 30 September 2016

Professor Jim Mann talks about the conflicting messages circulating about the carbohydrate (and fats) in your diet.

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Professor Jim Mann talks about dairy and the paleo diet

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Radio Live's John MacDonald asks Jim Mann about paleo diets and the value of consuming dairy products, following controversial advice given by Australian chef Pete Evans to cut out dairy products.

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Nutrition experts defend dietary guidelines

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Friday 26 August 2016

New Zealand nutrition experts are calling for an end to the pitting of carbohydrates against fats and say we should instead focus on what is most important – the quality of food in our diets.

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Ten things you can do to get a better sleep

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Thursday 17 March 2016


The World Sleep Society has developed ten specific recommendations on how to obtain a healthy restorative sleep.

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EDOR researchers made full professors

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Thursday 7 January 2016

EDOR Centre members Tony Merriman and Sally McCormick, both from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago, have been made full professors.

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Healthier Lives National Science Challenge Launched

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Friday 18 December 2015

The Healthier Lives National Science Challenge was launched at Otākou marae by the Hon Steven Joyce, 4 December, 2015.

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New Healthier Lives Challenge takes aim at NZ’s major killers

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Friday 4 December 2015

Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.

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EDOR supports Diabetes NZ roadshow

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Friday 13 November 2015

Professor Jim Mann, and other EDOR members, supported the Diabetes NZ roadshow in Dunedin on 19 November, 2015.

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How can we reduce our salt intake?

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Friday 16 October 2015

Dr Rachael McLean talks with Alison Ballance at Radio NZ about the amount of sodium present in our food, and how we can reduce our salt intake.

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Study reveals effect of obesity in pregnancy

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Thursday 24 September 2015

EDOR researcher Associate Professor Christine Jasoni reveals new information about the effect of obesity during pregnancy on the developing brain.

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How do our genes influence obesity?

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Friday 11 September 2015

EDOR member Associate Professor Tony Merriman is co-director of a nationwide study to identify the genetic influences on obesity.

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New Zealand solutions to complex Public Health problems

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Friday 28 August 2015

A new book, Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, provides an in-depth scan of the health promotion landscape in New Zealand. It explores ways in which Māori, and other perspectives, have been melded with Western ideas to produce distinctly New Zealand approaches. In doing so it addresses the need for locally written material for use in teaching and practice, and provides direction for those wanting to solve complex public health problems.

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Otago academics back calls for more fibre in our diets

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Tuesday 21 July 2015

University of Otago nutritionists say a major new British report that highlights the need for fibre in the human diet upholds their stance that the popular low-carbohydrate diets that are high in fat may not be ideal for our health.

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SWIFT study proves a HIIT

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Friday 3 July 2015

EDOR PhD students Melyssa Roy and Michelle Jospe are interviewed by Alison Ballance, RadioNZ, about the SWIFT study.

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EDOR student wins Young Researcher Award

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Tuesday 30 June 2015

PhD student Andrew Reynolds has been awarded the Young Researcher Award at the 2015 International Symposium of Diabetes and Nutrition in Toronto, Canada.

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EDOR member makes diabetes research accessible

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Wednesday 10 June 2015

Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs, EDOR member and Endocrinologist, regularly reviews the diabetes literature for the NZ Diabetes and Obesity Research Reviews.

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New Zealanders wising-up about sugar

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Thursday 15 January 2015

A recent survey has found that New Zealanders are becoming more conscious of sugar intake and potential health impacts.

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Population health congress walks the talk

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Tuesday 13 January 2015

The first NZ Population Health Congress ‘walked the talk’ by supplying nutritious food and drink, encouraging physical activity and mindfulness, and building sustainability into the event.

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Food labelling study seeks participants

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Monday 5 January 2015

The Starlight study aims to compare different nutrition labels and see which of them make healthy food choices easier. Participants are currently being sought.

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Sitting for extended periods discouraged

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Thursday 18 December 2014

Office workers who sit for extended periods at their desks may be risking their health. EDOR member, Professor Barry Taylor, is undertaking research to establish healthier workplace practices.

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'Leading Thinkers' continue contribution

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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research's two 'Leading Thinkers' have been celebrated by the University of Otago, ten years on, with special events and a commemorative book.

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'Diabetes' celebrates EDOR's research

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Wednesday 17 December 2014

'Diabetes' the magazine of Diabetes New Zealand, celebrates ten years of Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research in its summer edition.

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World Diabetes Day 14 November 2014

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Thursday 6 November 2014

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research members joined a range of contributors to World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2014, in Dunedin.

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High fat low carb diets risk public health

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Tuesday 28 October 2014

Low carbohydrate high fat diets risk harming public health, warns Jim Mann and University of Otago colleagues in a commentary in The Lancet. 

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