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15 April 2020 - 5:11pm

GWNS 2014 undergraduate award recipient, Anezka Hoskin: Checking in.

Anezka is presently working on her MSc Genetics thesis: “Understanding Polynesian genetics that contribute to gout, type 2 diabetes and obesity”.

Studying at Otago University’s Department of Biochemistry and Department of Maths and Statistics, former Takapuna Grammar pupil Anezka Hoskin considers it a huge honour and privilege to work with her own iwi.
She is part of a team that previously found two genotypes that link Māori and Pasifika people with gout and are now trying to determine a similar genetic link between Māori and Type 2 diabetes using her iwi’s donated DNA.
Further to her studies, Anezka works with Science Wānanga targeting rural Māori communities and Ka Rikarika a Tane, a first-year mentoring program for Māori students.

Native Affairs Interview:
Ngāti Porou geneticist takes on Type 2 diabetes

Listener Magazine article:
Busting fat myths: How new research will revolutionise Māori and Pacific health
Photo credit: New Zealand Listener