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From Evidence to Everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR) invites you to a one-day symposium at the University of Otago, Wellington, on Friday 20 September:

From Evidence to Everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa

Date: Friday 20 September, 2019
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, 23A Mein Street, University of Otago, Wellington
Cost: $50 (includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea); students can register for free

Confirmed symposium speakers

  • Nia Aitaoto (University of Utah Health) will speak about diabetes and related risk factors in the Pacific
  • Sarah Boseley (Health Editor, The Guardian), award-winning journalist and author, will discuss the role of media in translating nutrition evidence.
  • Hugh Campbell (Professor of Sociology, University of Otago) will outline how we must consider nutrition in the context of sustainability.
  • Matire Harwood (Ngāpuhi, Director for Tōmaiora, Māori Health Research, Auckland Medical School) will keep our focus on the everyday, and the lived realities of those in the community.
  • Helen Leach (Emeritus Professor, University of Otago), a culinary anthropologist, will tell us how our food and recipes have changed over time.
  • Jim Mann (Professor of Medicine, University of Otago) will talk about the minefield of ever-changing "nutrition advice".
  • Grant Robertson (Minister of Finance) will speak about how government does (and should) respond to research evidence.
  • Merlin Thomas (Otago alumnus, Monash University), a physician scientist, will talk about the basic science underlying the long term effects of diet on disease.
  • Nick Wareham (University of Cambridge) is a renowned expert on how multi-agency approaches are required to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemic.

Karen Brown, Health Correspondent at Radio NZ, will be chairing a session at the symposium on the role of media and other agencies in translating nutrition evidence.

The Cost of Food panel

As part of the symposium, we are hosting a panel discussion on the Cost of Food, chaired by renowned broadcaster Kim Hill.

How do I register?

Registrations will open in July and will be available from the EDOR website (

Sign up to be notified when registrations have opened.

For more information

This symposium is a University of Otago 150th anniversary event, and is supported by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.

Date Friday, 20 September 2019
Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Research Events
Event Type Symposium
DepartmentMedicine (Dunedin)
LocationNordmeyer Lecture Theatre, 23A Mein Street, University of Otago, Wellington
Cost$50 (students can register for free)
Contact NameCherie Stayner
Contact Phone+64 3 470 9102

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