Lisa Te Morenga (Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Te Rarawa) is Senior Lecturer Māori Health in the School of Health. She completed a PhD in Human Nutrition in 2010 at the University of Otago and continued as a senior research fellow in the Department of Human Nutrition and Associate Dean Māori in the Division of Sciences until 2018. She is a principal investigator with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research at the University of Otago and an associate investigator with the Riddet Institute – a National Centre of Research Excellence food material science, novel food processing, human nutrition and gastrointestinal biology and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Lisa's research interests involve the role of diet in the treatment and prevention of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has a special interest in the relationship between nutrition and hauora (Māori health). Lisa’s primary motivation is to undertake research that is of direct benefit to Māori and thus focuses on the role of nutrition in the development of preventable diseases that inflict a particularly high health burden on the Maori community.
Lisa's research interests include pidemiological studies, dietary intervention studies, and systematic review and meta-analyses examining the effects of macronutrient composition (including free sugars, dietary fibre, carbohydrates, fats and protein) on physiological endpoints associated with increased risk of preventable diseases including obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Her current projects cover:
Dr Te Morenga's profile - link to: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/health/about/staff/lisa-temorenga