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Research Highlights from the Dunedin Study


Thu 2 Nov 2017, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Catalyst Trust

Please note change of venue to the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa (Remarkables conference room).

Catalyst welcomes Dr Sandhya Ramrahka, Research Manager on the internationally renowned Dunedin Study, led by Professor Richie Poulton, CNZM FRSNZ.

Dr Ramrahka will highlight some of the Study's major findings, before presenting work from the Study that examined childhood self-control and outcomes in adulthood in a number of different domains, including health, wealth, crime and parenting. Her talk will finish with time for Q&A.

The Dunedin Study, which has been ongoing for over 40 years and has followed the lives of 1,037 babies born between 1 April 1972 and 31 March 1973 in Dunedin, has influenced and informed policy makers in New Zealand and overseas.

Numbers will be limited, so please register at $5 koha on the door. Parking is at a premium at the Hilton, so please consider carpooling, catching the water taxi (from Steamer Wharf or Frankton marina), or parking on the other side of the bridge for a pleasant stroll to the venue!

Dr Sandhya Ramrakha has been the Research Manager of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, which conducts the Dunedin Study, since 2008. She joined the study almost 20 years ago as the lead mental health interviewer. She had left a career in the New South Wales Department of Corrections as a Senior Clinical Psychologist to start a new life in Dunedin with her Kiwi husband. This led to a research career beginning with a PhD using data from the Dunedin Study focusing on the links between mental and sexual health, with specific reference to risky sexual behaviour. Sandhya manages the assessment phases of the Dunedin Study and her current focus is the age 45 assessment.

Catalyst Trust thanks the Hilton for generously hosting Dr Ramrakha's stay in Queenstown.