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EDOR member Dr Reremoana Theodore awarded prestigious Māori fellowship

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore, a member of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), has secured one of two inaugural $500,000 Māori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowships, jointly funded by the Health Research Council (HRC) and the Ministry of Health.

Dr Theodore is co-director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) and her fellowship includes three projects, which will be undertaken at the NCLR. The research projects encompass early childhood through to tertiary education, and are bound by a desire to improve Māori health and well-being.

“Lifecourse research is being used to inform government policies and investment in well-being, but there has been limited Māori lifecourse research to date to inform programmes that will make a difference for Māori over time,” Dr Theodore says.

Dr Theodore is also a deputy director of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, and stresses the importance of understanding health needs at all stages of life. “At the moment we see inequalities in health and well-being outcomes for Māori that begin in pregnancy and go through to old age, or across generations,” she says. Dr Theodore hopes the fellowship will raise awareness around the importance of longitudinal studies led by Māori researchers.

Read more about the research fellowships