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Dr Lisa Te Morenga

Qualifications: BSc(Otago) BForSci(Hons)(Canterbury) PhD(Otago)

Position: Senior Research Fellow (Human Nutrition)
               Associate Dean Maori (Division of Sciences)

Research

Dr Lisa Te Morenga (Ngāti Whatua, Te Rārawa, Ngā Puhi) is a nutritional scientist in the Department of Human Nutrition and a principal investigator with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research. Her research interests involve the role of diet in the treatment and prevention of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has a special interest in the relationship between nutrition and hauora (Māori health).

Current research includes developing better methods for assessing sugar intakes and examining the effects of dietary sugars in health through a series of dietary intervention studies, population studies and meta-analyses; investigating how to maximise the health benefits of wholegrain foods; and participatory research with Māori communities to find more effective approaches for achieving long-term good health and reducing health inequities.

Lisa has recently contributed to the development of the new World Health Organization recommendations on sugars, saturated fat and carbohydrates by preparing systematic reviews of the evidence underpinning the recommendations. She is an associate investigator with the Riddet Institute and the Nga Pae o te Maramatamga Centres of Research Excellence, and an investigator on two projects funded under the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge (one as a co-Primary investigator). She collaborates with researchers at the National Institute for Health Sciences at Auckland University, Waikato University, and the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology.

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Publications

Te Morenga, L., & Montez, J. M. (2017). Health effects of saturated and trans-fatty acid intake in children and adolescents: Systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(11), e0186672. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186672

Te Morenga, L., Docherty, P., Williams, S., & Mann, J. (2017). The effect of a diet moderately high in protein and fiber on insulin sensitivity measured using the Dynamic Insulin Sensitivity and Secretion Test (DISST). Nutrients, 9(12), 1291. doi: 10.3390/nu9121291

Kibblewhite, R., Nettleton, A., McLean, R., Haszard, J., Fleming, E., Kruimer, D., & Te Morenga, L. (2017). Estimating free and added sugar intakes in New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(12), 1292. doi: 10.3390/nu9121292

Te Morenga, L., Mallard, S., & Mann, J. (2013). Dietary sugars and body weight: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies. BMJ, 346, e7492. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e7492

Te Morenga, L. A., Howatson, A. J., Jones, R. M., & Mann, J. (2014). Dietary sugars and cardiometabolic risk: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of the effects on blood pressure and lipids. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100(1), 65-79. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.081521

Chapter in Book - Research

Te Morenga, L., & Mann, J. (2011). Nutrition: Its relevance in development and treatment of the metabolic syndrome. In C. D. Byrne & S. H. Wild (Eds.), The metabolic syndrome. (2nd ed.) (pp. 297-326). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Journal - Research Article

Te Morenga, L., Docherty, P., Williams, S., & Mann, J. (2017). The effect of a diet moderately high in protein and fiber on insulin sensitivity measured using the Dynamic Insulin Sensitivity and Secretion Test (DISST). Nutrients, 9(12), 1291. doi: 10.3390/nu9121291

Kibblewhite, R., Nettleton, A., McLean, R., Haszard, J., Fleming, E., Kruimer, D., & Te Morenga, L. (2017). Estimating free and added sugar intakes in New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(12), 1292. doi: 10.3390/nu9121292

Te Morenga, L., & Montez, J. M. (2017). Health effects of saturated and trans-fatty acid intake in children and adolescents: Systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(11), e0186672. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186672

Broadbent, J. M., Theodore, R. F., Te Morenga, L., Thomson, W. M., & Brunton, P. A. (2016). Ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in dental treatment at a school of dentistry. New Zealand Dental Journal, 112(2), 55-61.

Lean, M. E. J., & Te Morenga, L. (2016). Sugar and Type 2 diabetes. British Medical Bulletin, 120(1), 43-53. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldw037

Lofthouse, C., Te Morenga, L., & McLean, R. (2016). Sodium reduction in New Zealand requires major behaviour change. Appetite, 105, 721-730. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.006

Eyles, H., Jull, A., Dobson, R., Firestone, R., Whittaker, R., Te Morenga, L., … Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Co-design of mHealth delivered interventions: A systematic review to assess key methods and processes. Current Nutrition Reports, 5(3), 160-167. doi: 10.1007/s13668-016-0165-7

Te Morenga, L. A., Howatson, A. J., Jones, R. M., & Mann, J. (2014). Dietary sugars and cardiometabolic risk: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of the effects on blood pressure and lipids. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100(1), 65-79. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.081521

Docherty, P. D., Chase, J. G., Te Morenga, L., & Fisk, L. M. (2014). A novel hierarchal-based approach to measure insulin sensitivity and secretion in at-risk populations. Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, 8(4), 807-814. doi: 10.1177/1932296814536511

Docherty, P. D., Berkeley, J. E., Lotz, T. F., Te Morenga, L., Fisk, L. M., Shaw, G. M., McAuley, K. A., Mann, J. I., & Chase, J. G. (2013). Clinical validation of the quick dynamic insulin sensitivity test. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 60(5), 1266-1272. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2012.2232667

Kataoka, M., Venn, B. J., Williams, S. M., Te Morenga, L. A., Heemels, I. M., & Mann, J. I. (2013). Glycaemic responses to glucose and rice in people of Chinese and European ethnicity. Diabetic Medicine, 30(3), e101-e107. doi: 10.1111/dme.12080

Te Morenga, L., Mallard, S., & Mann, J. (2013). Dietary sugars and body weight: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies. BMJ, 346, e7492. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e7492

Te Morenga, L., & Mann, J. (2012). The role of high-protein diets in body weight management and health. British Journal of Nutrition, 108 (Suppl. 2), S130-S138. doi: 10.1017/s0007114512002437

Docherty, P. D., Chase, J. G., Lotz, T. F., Hann, C. E., Shaw, G. M., Berkeley, J. E., Te Morenga, L., Mann, J. I., & McAuley, K. (2011). Independent cohort cross-validation of the real-time DISTq estimation of insulin sensitivity. Computer Methods & Programs in Biomedicine, 102(2), 94-104. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2010.08.002

Te Morenga, L. A., Levers, M. T., Williams, S. M., Brown, R. C., & Mann, J. (2011). Comparison of high protein and high fiber weight-loss diets in women with risk factors for the metabolic syndrome: A randomized trial. Nutrition Journal, 10, 40. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-10-40

Docherty, P. D., Chase, J. G., Te Morenga, L., Lotz, T. F., Berkeley, J. E., Shaw, G. M., McAuley, K. A., & Mann, J. I. (2011). A spectrum of dynamic insulin sensitivity test protocols. Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, 5(6), 1499-1508.

McAuley, K. A., Berkeley, J. E., Docherty, P. D., Lotz, T. F., Te Morenga, L. A., Shaw, G. M., Williams, S. M., … Mann, J. I. (2011). The dynamic insulin sensitivity and secretion test: A novel measure of insulin sensitivity. Metabolism, 60(12), 1748-1756. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2011.05.009

Te Morenga, L., Williams, S., Brown, R., & Mann, J. (2010). Effect of a relatively high-protein, high-fiber diet on body composition and metabolic risk factors in overweight women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64, 1323-1331. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2010.163

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Journal - Research Other

Mann, J., Te Morenga, L., McLean, R., Swinburn, B., Ni Mhurchu, C., Jackson, R., Kennedy, J., & Beaglehole, R. (2016). Dietary guidelines on trial: The charges are not evidence based. Lancet, 388(10047), 851-853. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31278-8

Skeaff, M., Mann, J., Te Morenga, L., & McLean, R. (2015). Effects of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162(5), 392-393. doi: 10.7326/L15-5192-4

Theodore, R., McLean, R., & Te Morenga, L. (2015). Challenges to addressing obesity for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(6), 509-512. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12418

McLean, R., Skeaff, M., Mann, J., & Te Morenga, L. (2015). Are some diets "mass murder"? Dietary guidelines worldwide advise limiting saturated fat in favour of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. BMJ, 350, h625. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h625

Mann, J., & Te Morenga, L. (2015). Carbohydrates in the treatment and prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 32(5), 572-575. doi: 10.1111/dme.12673

Sundborn, G., Thornley, S., Te Morenga, L., & Merriman, T. (2014). FIZZ Sugary Drink Free Pacific by 2030: Symposium declaration. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Te Morenga, L., Mann, J., & Skeaff, M. (2014). Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk. Annals of Internal Medicine, 161(6), 455. doi: 10.7326/L14-5018-5

Te Morenga, L., McLean, R., Skeaff, M., & Mann, J. (2014). Advice to reduce total and saturated fat, revisited. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Mann, J., McLean, R., Skeaff, M., & Te Morenga, L. (2014). Low carbohydrate diets: Going against the grain. Lancet, 384(9953), 1479-1480. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61413-6

Mann, J. I., & Te Morenga, L. (2013). Diet and diabetes revisited, yet again. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 97, 453-454. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.057547

Mann, J., McLean, R., & Te Morenga, L. (2013). Evidence favours an association between saturated fat intake and coronary heart disease. BMJ, 347, f6851. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f6851

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Te Morenga, L., Mann, J., & Mallard, S. (2013). Dietary sugars and body weight: Authors' reply to Cottrell and Wittekind. BMJ, 346, f1240. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f1240

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Te Morenga, L. A., & Mallard, S. (2013). Soft drink raises plasma uric acid in comparison to fruit: Results from a four-week, randomised controlled trial. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(11), (pp. 668). [Abstract]

Crutchley, P. W., & Te Morenga, L. (2013). Effect of sugar-sweetened soft drinks on serum uric acid and associated metabolic risk factors. FASEB Journal, 27(Meeting Abstract Suppl.), 112.8. [Abstract]

Te Morenga, L. A., McAuley, K. A., Docherty, P. D., Williams, S. M., & Mann, J. (2011). The effect of a high protein, high fibre diet on insulin sensitivity measured using the Dynamic Insulin Sensitivity and Secretion Test (DISST). Australasian Medical Journal, 4(12), (pp. 780). [Abstract]

Te Morenga, L. A., Williams, S. M., Mann, J., & Parnell, W. R. (2011). Disentangling the obesity epidemic: Results from the 2008/2009 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey. Australasian Medical Journal, 4(12), (pp. 725). [Abstract]

Kaiwai, T., Te Morenga, L., & Gibb, C. (2010). Barriers to healthy eating: Will cooking skills help Maori with or at risk of diabetes eat healthier kai? Nutrition & Dietetics. 67(Suppl. 2), (pp. 18). doi: 10.1261/j.1747-0080.2010.01440.x

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Te Morenga, L. A. (2010). The effects of altering macronutrient composition on diabetes risk (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 166p.

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