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Department of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
Research summary
Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), sleep disorders, prevention of obesity, diabetes


Barry Taylor's research interests have spanned paediatric endocrinology, sudden infant death syndrome (both epidemiology and the physiology underpinning the ability of infants to wake up on arousal), and the development of national mortality review for child and youth deaths.

He has, with other staff in the Department, developed interests into the investigation of sleep disorders of children, especially disorders of breathing and autonomic function during sleep and their effects on daytime behaviour.

With the rapidly increasing child obesity rates a national problem, a significant part of Barry's research now focuses on prevention and management of this issue. Of special interest is the interaction (at many levels) between sleep and obesity.

New Zealand Mortality Review Data Group
New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit Study


Vu, H., Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Audas, R., Dacombe, J., McLay, L., … Taylor, B., … Theodore, R., … Schluter, P. J. (2024). Mortality risk among Autistic children and young people: A nationwide birth cohort study. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13623613231224015 Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Dixon, R., Anderson, V., de Bock, M., Boucsein, A., Kewene-Edwards, M., Gibb, S., Kokaua, J., Palmer, O., Paul, R., Taylor, B., Vu, H., & Wheeler, B. J. (2024). Associations between type 1 diabetes and educational outcomes: An Aotearoa/New Zealand nationwide birth cohort study using the Integrated Data Infrastructure. Diabetologia, 67, 62-73. doi: 10.1007/s00125-023-06026-y Journal - Research Article

Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Heath, A.-L. M., Galland, B. C., Gray, A. R., Fortune, S., Sullivan, T., Adebowale, T., & Taylor, B. J. (2023). Rapid infant weight gain or point-in-time weight status: Which is the best predictor of later obesity and body composition? Obesity, 31, 2583-2592. doi: 10.1002/oby.23861 Journal - Research Article

Daniels, L., Haszard, J. J., Taylor, R. W., & Taylor, B. J. (2023). Prevalence of low and high BMI during the first 3 years of life: Using New Zealand national electronic health data. Pediatric Obesity, 18(5), e13013. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.13013 Journal - Research Article

Maessen, S. E., Taylor, B. J., Gillon, G., Moewaka Barnes, H., Firestone, R., Taylor, R. W., … Cutfield, W. (2023). A Better Start National Scence Challenge: Supporting the future wellbeing of our tamariki E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao: Grow tender shoot for the days destined for you. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 53(5), 673-696. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2023.2173257 Journal - Research Article

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