2016 - Morbid Obesity in Disasters

Following on from a presentation at BMI 2016, Lesley Gray and Carol MacDonald spent some time refining what would become Lesley’s part time PhD topic (Preparing for the Big One: disaster risk reduction and morbid obesity).

The first task was to have a good look at the published literature – this did not take long – there was very little!

So Lesley and Carol have written and published a commentary on this topic (download the article here) and Lesley is now well underway with her research.  As part of Lesley’s initial explorations she will be visiting a range of emergency management and response teams over the coming months.

Lesley’s PhD is through the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) a collaboration between Massey University and GNS Science (GeoNet).  Otago University, Wellington are also supporting Lesley’s research and part funding her PhD.