We are currently researching into
Type 1 Diabetes
There are approximately 2500 children and youth, aged 0 – 18, living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in New Zealand. While T1D is currently incurable, there are treatments available, but unfortunately all have a considerable impact on a person’s day-to-day life.
In Progress Research
Do Kids with Type 1 Diabetes Experience Worse Educational Outcomes?
Type 1 diabetes causes a significant physical and psychological burden for children who are affected by the disease – and their families. Type 1 diabetes can cause serious health issues and can also alter the developing brain. But does living with type 1 diabetes influence educational outcomes for children in Aotearoa? Researchers from the University of Otago plan to find…
Managing diabetes in a ‘flash’
Dr Ben Wheeler University of Otago, Dunedin What is the problem and who does it affect? Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease often presenting in early adolescence. The immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leaving these cells incapable of producing insulin. As insulin is a critical hormone in the process of controlling glucose levels in the…