Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre members Professor Jim Mann and Dr Reremoana Theodore have chaired sessions at He ora te whakapiri: Unleashing the potential of New Zealand life course research, held in Wellington on Thursday 18 October, 2018.
He ora te whakapiri, which can be translated as ‘there is strength in unity’, was co-hosted by the three health-related National Science Challenges: A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well. The symposium explored how focusing across the life span can improve the outcomes from research, and ultimately the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Speakers included the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft, the Ministry of Health Chief Advisor for Pacific Health, Hilda Fa'asalele, and visiting Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.
Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore (Ngā Puhi), also Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, led an interactive panel session examining key issues for a life course approach in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Professor Jim Mann, Director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, chaired a session focused on what the future holds for New Zealand life course research.