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From Evidence to Everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa, Edgar Diabetes & Obesity Research Centre, University of Otago on 20 September 2019


posted by Research Admin 1 on 12 June 2019

Join us on the 20 September for the Evidence to Everyday research symposium

Edgar Diabetes & Obesity Research Centre 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

Join us for a fascinating lineup of topics exploring how nutrition research is interpreted by health professionals, the media, policymakers, the community, and ultimately makes its way into our everyday food choices. 

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".
  • 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. Panel members to be announced soon.

How do I register? 

Registrations will open in July and will be available from this webpage: 

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