This is a very interesting talk that is well worth attending and is happening tomorrow Tuesday 4th July 5.30pm -7.00pm and A Better Start is excited to be a part of this years New Zealand Science Festival. With our very own A Better Starts’ Deputy Director Professor Barry Taylor joining Healthier Kiwis: A National Science Challenges Panel to discuss how can we improve the health and wellbeing of kiwis across all age, cultural and economic spectrums.

This panel discussion will be a wealth of information as it will draw on nearly 10 years of the Challenges collective knowledge from experts in health and wellbeing. Click on the link below to learn more about the panelists. These talks will focus on supporting and improving our collective mental and physical wellbeing.

(Pictured left to right)
Prof Geoff Chase – Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge
Prof Parry Guilford – Healthier Lives National Science Challenge
Prof Louise Parr-Brownlie – Ageing Well National Science Challenge
Prof Barry Taylor – A Better Start National Science Challenge
Moderator: Prof Peter Crampton

Dates & Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Tuesday 4th July
Location: Petridish, 8 Stafford St, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

The adjoining Dish Cafe will be open before and after this event for coffee and drinks. Nibbles will be provided after the talk to encourage the conversation to continue!

Professor Barry Taylor is Deputy Director of A Better Start – E Tipu e Rea – National Science Challenge and Professor of Paediatric Health in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Otago University and formerly the Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine. Barry is a distinguished researcher who has dedicated his career to improving the health and wellbeing of children in New Zealand and around the world.

His research interests have spanned paediatric endocrinology, sudden infant death syndrome and the development of national mortality review for child and youth deaths. He has developed interests in the investigation of sleep disorders of children and the use of “big data” to answer questions about child health and wellbeing.

With the rapidly increasing child obesity rates a national problem, a significant part of Barry’s research now focuses on prevention and management of this issue. Of special interest is the interaction (at many levels) between sleep and obesity and the prevention and management of unhealthy child weight gain.



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