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Managing diabetes in a Flash: Exploring a novel glucose monitoring system among adolescents with poorly-controlled type 1 diabetes

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Close date
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
PhD, Master’s
Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
Dr Ben Wheeler


The Diabetes Research Team in the Department of Women's and Children's Health seek one or two Master's or one PhD student with a strong interest in diabetes to undertake projects examining the role of a new technology for monitoring glucose levels in diabetics. While the main project is pre-specified and funded there is room for some tailoring and development to suit specific skills, background, expertise, and interests.

Project details

This project is a Cure Kids and University of Otago funded multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) spanning the whole of the South Island and the Wellington region. Projects available related to this study, and in addition to the RCT itself, could include:

  • Investigating adverse events
  • Other factors that influence acceptability and adherence
  • Economic evlauations
  • The impact of this technology on sleep and physical activity

Candidate requirements

The ideal candidate(s) will possess interest in or experience of diabetes treatment, clinical health, physical activity, sleep, physiology, computer science, or technology-supported interventions to foster healthy lifestyle change.

Research data collection and analysis experience is ideal, but will also be obtained during this work.

The candidate will be motivated, organised, and collegial, with a demonstrated capacity to master the broad skill set necessary for the successful completion of a research project.

Minimum qualifications

MB ChB or equivalent, BSc(Hons), or MSc/MAppSci/MPHed (A- average or better)

Scholarship funding

Financial support is expected to be available for a high-achieving student with an A average or better via a University of Otago or Deparmental scholarship.

University of Otago Scholarships Office

The Department of Women's and Children's Health also has access to scholarships that are not listed at the link above.


The University of Otago and Departmental scholarships are open to all nationalities. However, international candidates for whom English is not a first language must satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University to be eligible for study.


Dr Ben Wheeler