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EDOR members speak at metabolic disease conference

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research members have given presentations at Tātai Oranga: Joining forces to tackle metabolic conditions, held at Iritekura Marae in Waipiro Bay, Gisborne, 4-6 April 2018.

Jointly hosted by the Ngati Porou Hauora Charitable Trust and the Maurice Wilkins Centre, the conference brought together the expertise of the community, clinicians and researchers to tackle the epidemic of metabolic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, kidney and heart disease, and gout.

Dr Lisa Te Morenga talked about OL@-OR@ which is a co-designed app to support healthy lifestyles for Māori whanau, funded by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.

Dr Kirsten Coppell spoke about a primary care nurse (dietary) approach to tackle metabolic disease. Dr Coppell and her team have developed and tested the feasibility of a dietary intervention training package, to be delivered by practice nurses in a general practice-based pilot study in Hawke's Bay.

Professor Tony Merriman gave an overview of genetics studies in Māori and Pacific people, while Professor Dave Grattan outlined a research strategy for tackling metabolic disease in New Zealand.

Dr Ofa Dewes, a member of the EDOR advisory board, provided a Pacific perspective on joining forces with communities and running with champions to tackle metabolic disease.

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