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Health Sciences profile

Dr Paddy Whitfield

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (Wellington)
Research summaryEndocrinology; diabetes


I am a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, as well as an Endocrinologist at Wellington Hospital. ?I have been awarded an HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD assessing ethnic differences in glucose metabolism amongst New Zealanders. ?I am about to embark on a clinical trial assessing the impact of a dietary weight loss intervention on glucose metabolism in New Zealanders with pre-diabetes, of different ethnicity and body composition (the PROGRESS NZ Study).



Gaffney, K., Lucero, A., Macartney-Coxson, D., Clapham, J., Whitfield, P., Palmer, B. R., Wakefield, St. J., … Rowlands, D. S. (2021). Effects of whey protein on skeletal muscle microvascular and mitochondrial plasticity following 10-weeks of exercise training in men with Type-2 diabetes. Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism, 46, 915-924. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2020-0943

Gaffney, K. A., Lucero, A., Stoner, L., Faulkner, J., Whitfield, P., Krebs, J., & Rowlands, D. S. (2018). Nil whey protein effect on glycaemic control after intense mixed-mode training in Type 2 diabetes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(1), 11-17. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000001404

Whitfield, P., Parry-Strong, A., Walsh, E., Weatherall, M., & Krebs, J. D. (2016). The effect of a cinnamon-, chromium- and magnesium-formulated honey on glycaemic control, weight loss and lipid parameters in type 2 diabetes: An open-label cross-over randomised controlled trial. European Journal of Nutrition, 55(3), 1123-1131. doi: 10.1007/s00394-015-0926-x