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Patterns of nutritional behaviour among a Pacific Christchurch cohort

4 months
Approved budget:
Miss Brogan Maoate
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
The study will document cardiovascular and metabolic profiles for Pacific in the South Island, by recruiting and screening 200 Pacific adults living in Christchurch aged 20-64 years. It will involve a nutrition questionnaire that will involve face-to-face interviews and novel lipoprotein profiles (circulating and genetic) will also be investigated to provide normal range data for lipoproteins and assess their use for calculating risk among a Pacific cohort. The significant decline of heart disease mortality over the past 50 years for the New Zealand population has been slower for NZ’s Pacific population. Previous Pacific cardiovascular risk data are over a decade old and originate from the Auckland region, therefore a more recent study is well overdue.