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Maori focus for Lifecourse disease research

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Three of the government’s National Science Challenges are teaming up to look at chronic diseases which have a major impact on Māori and Pacific families.

The two-year Lifecourse project will involve A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well, with each challenge contributing $500,000.

Healthier Lives director Professor Jim Mann says diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer are potentially preventable if their causes are identified and modified earlier in life, which is why life-course research is essential.

Project leader Dr Barry Milne from the University of Auckland says it will include community and iwi-led development of novel kaupapa Māori research methods to investigate the life-course and inter-generational elements of hauora Māori.”

“We plan to focus on improving the lives of people with chronic conditions, and to understand the impact of these chronic conditions on the lives and life-courses of their whānau - their children, their partners and carers, their elders, and their wider households,” Dr Milne says.

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