Associate Professor Karyn Paringatai has been on Research & Study Leave since 1 October last year, working on her Marsden funded research project entitled ‘E kore au e ngaro – The enduring legacy of whakapapa.
As many of you may know, Karyn has a genetic mutation (in the CDH1 gene) that increased her chances of getting diffuse gastric cancer to around 80%. That chance is now 0% as she had her stomach completely removed in 2010.
Karyn has been collaborating with affected whānau, and with health science practitioners and academics, and there are some events coming up next week which may be of interest to you.
On Monday 1 August 1pm Dr Jeremy Rossaak (Tauranga Hospital) and Erin Gardiner (Kimihauora Health and Research Clinic) are giving a seminar in the Dunedin Public Hospital. Jeremy and Erin work closely together to ensure whānau are supported appropriately throughout the whole stomach removal process – before and after. It’s a really great relationship that signals the direction that the healthcare system needs to work towards.
Karyn will also be speaking with three other people heavily involved in saving CDH1 mutated affected whānau around the country, in a conversation style Q&A panel led by Rangimārie Elvin (the granddaughter of one of the original whānau research team leads) and Kahurangi Tipene (PhD candidate on the project).
This panel session is on Tuesday at 5.30pm in Burns 1. Both events are open to interested people.