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Over the past 30 years, strategies to reduce the burden of obesity and type 2 diabetes on youth have largely failed. This failure is due to a universal focus on energy balance with little appreciation for the determinants that alter a child’s behaviour. Strategies used to date are largely irrelevant to the needs of youth with chronic disease. Further, among Indigenous youth, these strategies can be viewed as immoral and unethical. The current talk will describe a scientist’s path from basic-clinical physiological research to population health interventions, grounded in Indigenous teachings. Dr. McGavock will highlight the results of recent experimental trials, which demonstrate that Indigenous and peer-led approaches to health promotion reduce risks related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. These approaches are also more relevant to the needs of youth.
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Presenter: Dr. Jonathan McGavock
Jon McGavock is a research scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and holds a CIHR Applied Health Chair in Resilience and Obesity. During his first eight years as an independent investigator he has secured over $10 million in funding for his research, including 3 operating grants from CIHR, a CIHR new investigator award and Applied Research Chair as well as programmatic grants from Research Manitoba, the Lawson Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. His primary research aim is to develop novel approaches for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in youth, particularly Indigenous youth.
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