Major diabetes and metabolic disease research conference to be held in Tairawhiti

"Shaping the Future of Metabolic Disease" and will feature leading researchers from around New Zealand and around the world meeting together with local clinicians, kaiawhina and whanau battling these diseases.

Ngati Porou Hauora will host a major conference on diabetes, obesity and gout in Tairawhiti early April next year.  The meeting is entitled "Shaping the Future of Metabolic Disease" and will feature leading researchers from around New Zealand and around the world meeting together with local clinicians, kaiawhina and whanau battling these diseases.  The meeting has traditionally been held every second year in Queenstown but this year will be jointly organised by Ngati Porou Hauora and the Maurice Wilkins Centre which is research centre bringing together 150 of New Zealand's top researchers and clinicians.

Professor Peter Shepherd from the Maurice Wilkins Centre says, "This is a good example of how our newly established partnership with Ngati Porou Hauora can bring people from Tairawhiti into the national level discussions about how we go forward in addressing these very important diseases".

Rose Kahaki, Chief Executive of Ngati Porou Hauora says, "Having this high level meeting here in Tairawhiti will bring a national spotlight onto these important health issues and particularly the challenges we face in delivering health care in this region".

The meeting will have sessions on the Coast at Waipiro Bay, Te Puia Springs and also in Gisborne.  High on the agenda will be discussing how recent genetic breakthrough can be used to contribute to better ways to prevent or treat these diseases.  The meeting will also put a spotlight on innovative local programmes being run by Ngati Porou Hauora to manage and prevent type-2 diabetes and related conditions using whanau based initiatives.

For more information about the conference - please contact:
Ngati Porou Hauora - Dr Jennie Harre-Hindmarsh (Research Co-ordinator)
Mobile:  021 963 081
Email:  jennie.harrehindmarsh@nph.org.nz

Maurice Wilkins Centre - Professor Peter Shepher, Deputy Director
Mobile:  021 716 571
Email:  peter.shepherd@auckland.ac.nz

For more information about the Maurice Wilkins Centre, click on the link to go to their website:
Maurice Wilkins Centre Website