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DSM staff profile

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler

PositionAssociate Professor / Paediatric Endocrinologist
DepartmentDepartment of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
QualificationsMB ChB(Otago) DCH PhD CCE FRACP
Research summaryAssociate Professor Ben Wheeler is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Paediatrician working for the University of Otago and the Southern District Health Board. His research focuses on access to and use of new technologies for children and young people
ClinicalChildren’s health, Paediatric endocrinology and diabetes

Research

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Paediatrician working for the University of Otago and the Southern District Health Board.

His research focuses on access to and use of new technologies for children and young people affected by diabetes, as well as factors that impact on glycaemic control in diabetes. He also has a research interest in vitamin D and bone health during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy. He has a number of collaborations ongoing in these areas, and usually multiple clinical trials or studies running in these areas at any one time.

He is always looking for new collaborations and for new PhD and other research students to join his team.

Publications

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Herbison, P., Haszard, J. J., Mekhail, A., Jones, S., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). High-dose monthly maternal cholecalciferol supplementation during breastfeeding affects maternal and infant vitamin D status at 5 months postpartum: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 1999-2006. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.236679

Wheeler, B. J., Dickson, N. P., Houghton, L. A., Ward, L. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2015). Incidence and characteristics of vitamin D deficiency rickets in New Zealand children: A New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(4), 380-383. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12390

Ross, P., Gray, A. R., Milburn, J., Kumarasamy, I. M., Wu, F., Farrand, S., … Wiltshire, E., … Tomlinson, P., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Insulin pump-associated adverse events are common, but not associated with glycemic control, socio-economic status, or pump/infusion set type. Acta Diabetologica, 53, 991-998. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0897-2

McKergow, E., Parkin, L., Barson, D. J., Sharples, K. J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). Demographic and regional disparities in insulin pump utilization in a setting of universal funding: A New Zealand nationwide study. Acta Diabetologica, 54(1), 63-71. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0912-7

Wheeler, B. J., Lawrence, J., Chae, M., Paterson, H., Gray, A. R., Healey, D., Reith, D. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Intuitive eating is associated with glycaemic control in adolescents with type I diabetes mellitus. Appetite, 96, 160-165. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.09.016

Chapter in Book - Research

Cowell, C. T., Wheeler, B. J., & Gleeson, H. K. (2014). Growth hormone therapy: Principles and practice. In M. P. Desai, P. S. N. Menon & V. Bhatia (Eds.), Pediatric endocrine disorders. (3rd ed.) (pp. 107-119). Hyderabad, India: Universities Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Salis, E. R., Reith, D. M., Wheeler, B. J., Broadbent, R. S., & Medlicott, N. J. (2017). Insulin resistance, glucagon-like peptide-1 and factors influencing glucose homeostasis in neonates. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 102(2), F162-F166. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-309174

Selvakumar, D., Al-Sallami, H. S., de Bock, M., Ambler, G. R., Benitez-Aguirre, P., Wiltshire, E., … Willis, J., Wheeler, B. J., on behalf of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand Diabetes Clinical Network. (2017). Insulin regimens for newly diagnosed children with type 1 diabetes mellitus in Australia and New Zealand: A survey of current practice. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(12), 1208-1214. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13631

Wrigley, R., Kerruish, N., Hofman, P. L., Jefferies, C., Pollock, A. J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). Growth attenuation therapy for children with severe physical and cognitive disability: Practice and perspectives of New Zealand paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(12), 1180-1185. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13629

McKergow, E., Parkin, L., Barson, D. J., Sharples, K. J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). Demographic and regional disparities in insulin pump utilization in a setting of universal funding: A New Zealand nationwide study. Acta Diabetologica, 54(1), 63-71. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0912-7

Kerruish, N. J., McMillan, J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). The ethics of parental refusal of newborn vitamin K prophylaxis. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(1), 8-11. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13364

Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Fangupo, L. J., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Daniels, L., Fleming, E. A., McArthur, J., Morison, B., Williams Erickson, L., Davies, R. S., Bacchus, S., Cameron, S. L., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2017). Effect of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding on infant growth and overweight: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(9), 838-846. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1284

Wheeler, B. J., Lawrence, J., Chae, M., Paterson, H., Gray, A. R., Healey, D., Reith, D. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Intuitive eating is associated with glycaemic control in adolescents with type I diabetes mellitus. Appetite, 96, 160-165. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.09.016

Ross, P., Gray, A. R., Milburn, J., Kumarasamy, I. M., Wu, F., Farrand, S., … Wiltshire, E., … Tomlinson, P., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Insulin pump-associated adverse events are common, but not associated with glycemic control, socio-economic status, or pump/infusion set type. Acta Diabetologica, 53, 991-998. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0897-2

Miller, H., Kerruish, N., Broadbent, R. S., Barker, D., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Why do parents decline newborn intramuscular vitamin K prophylaxis? Journal of Medical Ethics, 42(10), 643-648. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103534

Blackwell, M., Tomlinson, P. A., Rayns, J., Hunter, J., Sjoeholm, A., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Exploring the motivations behind misreporting self-measured blood glucose in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A qualitative study. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 15, 16. doi: 10.1186/s40200-016-0238-6

Salis, E. R., Soelbeck, M. K., Reith, D. M., Wheeler, B. J., Broadbent, R. S., & Medlicott, N. J. (2016). Effect of gestational age and blood glucose on C-peptide excretion rate and clearance in neonates. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 52(1), 60-66. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12977

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Herbison, P., Haszard, J. J., Mekhail, A., Jones, S., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). High-dose monthly maternal cholecalciferol supplementation during breastfeeding affects maternal and infant vitamin D status at 5 months postpartum: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 1999-2006. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.236679

Fangupo, L. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., Erickson Williams, L. J., Morison, B. J., Fleming, E. A., Taylor, B. J., Wheeler, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2016). A baby-led approach to eating solids and risk of choking. Pediatrics, 138(4). doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-0772

Sjoeholm, A., Gray, A., Rayns, J., Tomlinson, P. A., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Prior knowledge of blood glucose meter download improves the accuracy of verbal self-reported blood glucose in teenagers with type I diabetes at ski camp. Acta Diabetologica, 53, 637-642. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0855-z

Miller, H., Wheeler, B., & Kerruish, N. (2016). Newborn vitamin K prophylaxis: An analysis of information resources for parents and professionals. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1446), 44-52. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Chae, M., Taylor, B. J., Lawrence, J., Healey, D., Reith, D. M., Gray, A., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Family CHAOS is associated with glycaemic control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Acta Diabetologica, 53(1), 49-55. doi: 10.1007/s00592-015-0736-x

Eggers, S., Sadedin, S., van den Bergen, J. A., Robevska, G., Ohnesorg, T., Hewitt, J., … Wheeler, B. J., … MacKenzie, K., … Sinclair, A. H. (2016). Disorders of sex development: Insights from targeted gene sequencing of a large international patient cohort. Genome Biology, 17(1), 243. doi: 10.1186/s13059-016-1105-y

Burke, M., Bernhardt, H., Reith, D. M., Barker, D., Broadbent, R. S., & Wheeler, B. J. (2015). Perinatal influences on the uptake of newborn vitamin K prophylaxis: A retrospective cohort study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(6), 573-576. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12399

Bernhardt, H., Barker, D., Reith, D. M., Broadbent, R. S., Jackson, P. M., & Wheeler, B. J. (2015). Declining newborn intramuscular vitamin K prophylaxis predicts subsequent immunisation refusal: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 51(9), 889-894. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12887

Wheeler, B. J., Dickson, N. P., Houghton, L. A., Ward, L. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2015). Incidence and characteristics of vitamin D deficiency rickets in New Zealand children: A New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(4), 380-383. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12390

Wheeler, B. J., Heels, K., Donaghue, K. C., Reith, D. M., & Ambler, G. R. (2014). Insulin pump–associated adverse events in children and adolescents: A prospective study. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 16(9), 558-562. doi: 10.1089/dia.2013.0388

Wheeler, B. J., Donaghue, K. C., Heels, K., & Ambler, G. R. (2014). Family perceptions of insulin pump adverse events in children and adolescents. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 16(4), 204-207. doi: 10.1089/dia.2013.0315

Gosai, S., Broadbent, R. S., Barker, D. P., Jackson, P. M., & Wheeler, B. J. (2014). Medical and midwifery attitudes towards vitamin K prophylaxis in New Zealand neonates. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 50(7), 536-539. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12490

Chae, M., Reith, D. M., Tomlinson, P., Rayns, J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2014). Accuracy of verbal self-reported blood glucose in teenagers with type I diabetes at diabetes ski camp. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 13, 14. doi: 10.1186/2251-6581-13-14

Emmett, B. M., Dovey, S. M., & Wheeler, B. J. (2013). After-hours on-call: The effect on paediatricians' spouses and families. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 49(3), 246-250. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12108

Restieaux, M., Maw, A., Broadbent, R., Jackson, P., Barker, D., & Wheeler, B. (2013). Neonatal extravasation injury: Prevention and management in Australia and New Zealand: A survey of current practice. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 34. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-13-34

Wheeler, B., Broadbent, R., & Reith, D. (2012). Premedication for neonatal intubation in Australia and New Zealand: A survey of current practice. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 48(11), 997-1000. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2012.02589.x

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Journal - Research Other

Blackwell, M., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). Clinical review: The misreporting of logbook, download, and verbal self-measured blood glucose in adults and children with type I diabetes. Acta Diabetologica, 54(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0907-4

Daniels, L., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., Cameron, S. L., Fleming, E. A., Taylor, B. J., Wheeler, B. J., Gibson, R. S., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS (BLISS) study: A randomised controlled trial of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding. BMC Pediatrics, 15, 179. doi: 10.1186/s12887-015-0491-8

Sjoeholm, A., Li, C., Leem, C., Stack, M. P., Hofman, P. L., & Wheeler, B. J. (2015). Adrenal insufficiency in a child following unilateral excision of a dual-hormone secreting phaeochromocytoma. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports, 2015, EDM150041. doi: 10.1530/edm-15-0041

Ross, P. L., Milburn, J., Reith, D. M., Wiltshire, E., & Wheeler, B. J. (2015). Clinical review: Insulin pump-associated adverse events in adults and children. Acta Diabetologica, 52(6), 1017-1024. doi: 10.1007/s00592-015-0784-2

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