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Our research is discovering new ways to improve the quality of life of those affected by metabolic health disorders. Our cross-disciplinary staff and modern facilities allow us to unravel the complex nature of these disorders and apply the results to patient care.

Current projects

Our staff are investigating a wide range of issues related to metabolic health.

The effect of dietary fatty acids on osteocyte-mediated mechanotransduction

MHC staff: Dr Martin Dickens, Dr Wei-Hang Chua, Dr Raewyn Poulsen, Prof Marlena Kruger
Fund: Lottery Health, MURF

Pathways to metabolic health: Using electric pulse stimulation of cultured myotubes to study how exercise & nutrition interact in muscle to drive overall metabolic health

MHC staff: Dr Martin Dickens, Prof Bernhard Breier
Fund: MURF

Interactions between Immune Cells and Breast Cancer Cells

MHC staff: Dr Kay Rutherfurd-Markwick, Dr Fran Wolber, Dr Martin Dickens, Prof Julian Heyes
Fund: MURF

The impact and translational efficacy of exercise and nutritional interventions on microvascular and mitochondrial biology relating to chronic disease rehabilitation and to skeletal muscle health and physical performance 

CMHR staff: Ass Prof David Rowlands
Fund: MURF

Validation of novel near-infrared spectroscopy derived methodology for assessing mitochondrial function in type 2 diabetics

CMHR staff: Ass Prof David Rowlands, Dr Lee Stoner
Fund: MURF

Premium protein: determining the functional potential of wool-derived protein

CMHR staff: Ass Prof David Rowlands, Dr Lee Stoner
Fund: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Positive, resilient parents, healthier children? Parental wellbeing and resilience and its relationship with parental and child physical activity, diet and body composition

CMHR staff: Dr Lee Stoner
Fund: National Heart Foundation

Circuit resistance training and vascular health in breast cancer survivors

CMHR staff: Dr Lee Stoner
Fund: Lottery Health

Modifiable risk factors in children’s health: what’s most important, fitness, fatness or sleep?

CMHR staff: Dr Lee Stoner
Fund: Massey University

Bacterial heavy metal resistance and toxicity in NZ agricultural soils

CMHR staff: Dr Barry Palmer
Fund: Massey University

Biomarker development in Chinese women living in Singapore

CMHR staff: Prof Marlena Kruger, Dr Fran Wolber

Fund: MBIE/ A*Star linkage fund

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