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Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Group

BenWheelerimageAssociate Professor Ben Wheeler is a paediatric endocrinologist and paediatrician working for the University of Otago and the Southern District Health Board. He is also co-director of the New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit.

Ben has specific research interests in paediatric endocrinology and nutrition, encompassing topics related to:

  • Childhood diabetes
  • Vitamin D and bone health
  • Other aspects of nutrition and endocrinology

Current projects

Key people

Postgraduate students

  • Mercedes Burnside PhD candidate
  • Mona Elbalshy PhD candidate
  • Shelley Rose PhD candidate
  • Gianna Salis PhD candidate
  • Shekhar Sehgal PhD candidate


  • Hayleigh Miller BMedSc(Hons)
  • Deanna Beckett PhD candidate
  • Grace Boston BMedSc(Hons) Student
  • Matthew Chae BMedSc(Hons)
  • Brooke Marsters BMedSc(Hons)


Associate Professor Wheeler has active collaborations both nationally and internationally. These include:

Key funders

  • Health Research Council (HRC)
  • Freemasons New Zealand
  • Lotteries Research
  • Cure Kids
  • Otago Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)
  • HCO Charitable Trust
  • Healthy Eating Healthy Activity (HEHA)
  • Fisher and Paykel
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) (USA)
  • Various Pharmaceutical Industry funded trials