The Endocrine, Diabetes & Research Centre is headed by Prinicpal Investigator Dr Jeremy Krebs, supported by sub-investigators Dr Elaine Barrington-Ward and Dr Richard Carroll and Diabetes Research Projects Manager, Cecilia Ross.
There is a dedicated team of research staff:
- Dr Amber Parry-Strong - Research Fellow
- Pip Cresswell - Diabetes Nurse Trial Coordinator
- Emily Walsh - Diabetes Nurse Trial Coordinator
- Margaret Ward - Diabetes Nurse Trial Coordinator
- Helena Faherty - Research Administration Assistant
We run a variety of research studies with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, aimed to help better understand and treat diabetes.
An epidemic of type 2 diabetes is occurring in New Zealand, as in other developed countries, driven mainly by demographic trends and the increase in prevalence of obesity. For the New Zealand population as a whole, type 2 diabetes peaks at ages 60-64, and overall incidence is thought to be 3-4%.
The prevalence of diabetes is higher among Maori and Pacific peoples and complications more severe. About half the population of people with diabetes is thought to be undiagnosed. Finally, the estimated number of people in New Zealand with diagnosed diabetes is predicted to increase substantially in the next 20 years from 115,000 to over 160,000.
Overall, diabetes is an ever increasing disease and at the Endocrine, Diabetes & Research Centre we aim to contribute to national and international research that is being done to gain a better understanding of diabetes and diabetes therapies.
We are currently looking for volunteers for a number of different research studies. Eligibility criteria vary between the studies. You may or may not be eligible depending on:
- your age
- other more specific reasons which we discuss with you.