Healthier Lives Events

2016 Kōrero Tahi programme booklet

Upcoming Events

The global effort to tackle obesity and diabetes

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

3.30-5.00pm, Friday 23 February 2018

Free public lecture, please rsvp to

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge will co-host a public lecture by Professor Jeff Reading (Canada) and Professor Nick Wareham (UK) from the Healthier Lives International Science Advisory Panel.

The talks will include research on gene-environment interactions, social determinants of obesity, strategies for prevention of diabetes, and life-course approaches within indigenous communities.

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Healthier Lives Seminar Series 2017-18

Science for Healthier Lives

A number of Healthier Lives teams will be hosting a series of public seminars around the country to talk about their research, its context and potential impact.

Details of upcoming events are available through the Healthier Lives newsletter.


Past Events


Cancer: Where we’re at…, 4 November 2017

Jointly hosted by the Cancer Society Otago and Southland, Cancer: Where we’re at… Research, therapy and access featured Professor Parry Guilford, Healthier Lives Deputy Director, on The Cause of Cancer – Genetics and how new drugs can target those genes as part of the Healthier Lives Seminar Series 2017-18.


The Diabesity Crisis, 17 March 2017

Co-hosted with A Better Start National Science Challenge and Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, The Diabesity Crisis: how can we make a difference? symposium brought together national and international experts in diabetes and obesity research, focusing on how preventive actions and treatments can make a difference to the rising tide of diabetes and obesity in New Zealand.


The ‘cost’ of sugar, 16 March 2017

This public forum was about the wide-ranging impacts of sugar in our society. Renowned broadcaster, Kim Hill, chaired an expert panel and took questions from the audience to tease out what we really know about this complex and controversial topic



Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi, 18 October 2016

Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2016 was an opportunity to hear about early research in the Healthier Lives Challenge. This was the first research symposium, held in Wellington on 18 October 2016. The  aim of the event was to start or build on conversations with fellow researchers and stakeholders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]