The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre is celebrating 20 years of research with a symposium on Friday 24 November. Registration for this event will open soon.
In 2003, EDOR became the first of the University of Otago Leading Thinkers initiatives with a generous donation by Sir Eion Edgar, which was matched by the New Zealand government, to establish the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research.
Two decades on, the Research Centre encompasses 24 research groups across several cities, has published more than 2000 research articles, raised more than $200 million in research funding, and has widened its focus from diabetes to include obesity, sleep, nutrition and the food environment.
EDOR 20th anniversary symposium
Date: Friday 24 November, 2023
Venue: Hutton Theatre, Tūhura Otago Museum, Ōtepoti Dunedin
Professor Mike Lean (University of Glasgow) is the keynote speaker for EDOR's 20th anniversary event and will talk about his groundbreaking work on the remission of type 2 diabetes using the DiRECT approach, a dietitian-supported weight loss programme. This approach is being rolled out to all eligible people with type 2 diabetes in England by March 2024.
A range of EDOR speakers will cover relevant topics such as nutrition, sleep, obesity and influencing health policy.
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View previous events
Transforming lives: 100 years of insulin, Thursday 24 November 2022, Parliament Grand Hall, Wellington.
Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launch, 15 March 2021, Parliament Grand Hall, Wellington.
From Evidence to Everyday: translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa, Friday 20 September 2019, Nordmeyer lecture theatre, University of Otago Wellington.
Focus on Fibre and Food, March 2019, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.
The 'cost' of sugar forum in 2017 featured an expert panel discussion, chaired by Kim Hill.
The Diabesity Crisis: how can we make a difference? symposium was held in March 2017.
EDOR celebrates a decade of researchwith a lecture by Professor Boyd Swinburn, August 2013.