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The Diabesity symposium showcased the latest national and international research on diabetes and obesity. Jointly organised by two National Science Challenges—A Better Start and Healthier Lives—and the University of Otago's Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, this event focused on how preventive actions and treatments can make a difference to the rising tide of diabesity.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017, 9am–5pm
  • Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, 2 Park Road, Grafton
  • Cost: $50

Videos of Diabesity Symposium presentations (mp4)

Should we be starting early?
Chair: Professor Barry Taylor

Are there new strategies we can use?
Chair: Dr Rachael McLean

Is it too late by adulthood?
Chair: Professor Robert Beaglehole

Is surgery the answer for diabetes?
Chair: Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs

Closing comments and summary (7min18sec) Professor Rod Jackson, University of Auckland

Powerpoint presentations of the symposium talks will be available shortly

Evidence for making a real difference

New Zealand is facing a rising tide of diabesity. Our rates of diabetes and obesity are amongst the highest in the world. The problem is starting in early life and leading to increased levels of disability in mid- and later-life. There is a significant and growing cost in both human and economic terms and we urgently need solutions for individuals and communities.

Many interventions have been tried but not all have proved successful. This symposium focused on the evidence about what will make a real difference, across a spectrum covering public health measures, social inequalities, better understanding of genetic predisposition, lifestyle changes and surgical options.

Meet our diabesity crisis speakers

Related event

The evening before our diabesity symposium we held a public forum: The 'cost' of sugar.

Read more about the forum and speakers:

The 'cost' of sugar forum

The diabesity crisis symposium hosts

The hosts are three leading research groups that share a common interest in tackling the health problems New Zealand is facing as a result of increasing levels of obesity and diabetes.

A Better Start National Science Challenge has a focus on finding better ways to predict, prevent and treat obesity in children and teenagers.

The Healthier Lives National Science Challenge aims to reduce levels of diabetes and obesity in adults in line with World Health Organisation recommendations.

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre has been working to reduce the global burden of these diseases through research and dissemination of knowledge for the past decade.

We are delighted to collaborate with each other in order to bring cutting edge national and international research findings to a wide audience in New Zealand.

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Hear a recording of The 'cost' of sugar forum, held on Thursday 16 March, 2017

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