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Transforming Lives: 100 years of insulin

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), along-side the Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, Diabetes NZ and Lions NZ District 202F are hosting a symposium to celebrate 100 years since the first dose of insulin was administered for the treatment of diabetes.

The event will also highlight the new technologies that are available for the management of diabetes, and how they can improve the lives of those living with diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Why does this event matter?

Although we have come a long way over the past 100 years, there is more work to be done to ensure equitable access to diabetes treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand.

There are currently several technologies available that can improve the health and quality of life of those living with diabetes and their families. Yet these technologies can cost thousands of dollars each year, and are not funded for all who need them in New Zealand.

Through this symposium, we hope to highlight why every New Zealander living with diabetes should have access to these life-changing technologies.

Meet our speakers

  • Professor Jim Mann – Co-Director of EDOR, Director of Healthier Lives, and Patron of Diabetes NZ, will give a brief history of insulin treatment in New Zealand, including a contribution by retired endocrinologist Dr Bob Smith.
  • Jenny Couper – University of Adelaide, Professor of Paediatrics
  • Ryan Paul – University of Waikato, Endocrinologist/Diabetologist
  • Renza Scibilia – Diabetes Australia, Type 1 Diabetes Advocate
  • Neil Stockdill – Diabetes NZ Sir Charles Burns Award recipient for 50+ years on insulin
  • Ben Wheeler – University of Otago, Paediatric Endocrinologist
  • Damian Wiseman – Paralympics NZ, para cycling coach and sports scientist


Visit the EDOR website for further information and to register to attend the symposium in person or online:

Transforming Lives: 100 years of insulin

Date Thursday, 24 November 2022
Time 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Allied health professionals
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Symposium
Online and in-person
LocationGrand Hall, Parliament, Wellington
Contact NameCherie Stayner or Rosie Jackson
Contact Phone+64 347 09102

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