Metabolic research

We are currently recruiting participants for a research study about Pākehā, Māori and Pacific health.

What's involved?

This study is called “The metabolic effects of a CREBRF gene variant”. This is a gene which may influence how we store and use energy that we get from food. Testing will involve you coming in fasted (i.e. no food or drink from 10pm the night before) to the Grafton Campus of the University of Auckland for 4-5 hours. The following tests will be completed:

  • Blood test for diabetes: a small plastic cannula will be put in your arm so we can take blood samples.
  • DEXA scan for body composition: this tells us where and how much fat and muscle you have in your body.
  • Resting metabolic rate: respiratory analysis which samples your breath and measures how much energy you need daily.
  • Mixed meal test: you will be given a standard mean to eat and drink and we will take blood samples before and every 30 minutes for the following 2 hours.
  • Answer questions and questionnaires about your physical activity history and diet.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this study you must be:

  • Cisgender
  • 18-40 years of age
  • Identify as NZ Māori, Cook Island, Samoan, Tongan, Niuen, Tokelaun, Tuvaluan or French Polynesian
  • Free of long term health issues (e.g., diabetes)
  • Able to come into the University for 4 hours of testing



To sign up for the study, please click the link below. If you have any further questions, please contact:

Robert 'Atiola

This research has received Ethical Approval from the Health and Disability Ethics Committee, approval number 17/STH/79/AM01