Congratulations to Dr Jade Tamatea who won The Kudos 2017 Medical Science category sponsored by Waikato District Health Board.
Dr Tamatea is an emerging leader in endocrinology and thyroid disease in the Waikato region.
She is completing her PhD on the epidemiology of thyrotoxicosis among Māori in the Waikato. Her research study involves one of the largest cohorts of patients ever gathered to provide better healthcare options for Māori.
Thyrotoxicosis is a condition where an overactive thyroid produces an excess of hormones that can have a number of undesirable effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Common treatment for an overactive thyroid is radioactive iodine.
Dr Tamatea’s work has shown that this treatment is not as effective in Māori patients (as it is in other cohorts) who often require a second iodine treatment, which can increase their risk of cancer.
Her research has improved the understanding of factors that influence thyrotoxicosis and considers the patients’ journey to and through health services.
In 2015, Dr Tamatea was awarded the Ngā Rangatira Matahīapo Award by Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, which recognises Māori doctors who pave the way and contribute to the learning of Māori medical students.
Find out more about the other category finalists here.
Visit The Kudos website for more information about the awards.