The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre congratulates three of its members on their upcoming promotion to Associate Professor and Professor in February 2020.
Rachael McLean works in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and has been promoted to Associate Professor. Dr McLean is a public health physician with a particular interest in the relationship between food, nutrition and chronic disease, particularly obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Rosalina Richards is Associate Dean (Pacific) for the Dunedin School of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Pacific Health in Va’a o Tauta in the Division of Health Sciences. Dr Richards has been promoted to Associate Professor and collaborates on research across a number of public health areas, including sleep health among Pacific families, education, brain health, migration and well-being.
New professor Christine Jasoni works in the Department of Anatomy, as part of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology. Dr Jasoni's work investigates fetal brain development, including the effect of maternal obesity during pregnancy on the development of the fetal brain circuits that regulate offspring body weight.
Meet the EDOR researchers
EDOR researchers are made up of four core staff at the University of Otago, and 22 academic members across 16 different departments on the Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch campuses, as well as at the Victoria University of Wellington.
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Our members carry out a large range of research projects related to diabetes and obesity, including basic science and physiology approaches, nutrition, sleep, physical activity, food environment, gut microbiome, clinical management, community interventions and public health approaches.