Dr Matt Hobbs named 2019 HRSC Emerging Researcher

UC researcher Dr Matt Hobbs received the Health Research Society of Canterbury (HRSC)’s Emerging Researcher Award in a ceremony last week.

Dr Hobbs was recognised for a presentation outlining his research from within UC’s GeoHealth Laboratory, which focuses on the complexity of associations between adverse environments and childhood health.

“I have to thank family, colleagues, and friends who have helped support me to achieve this award over the past few years. A special thanks to the team at the GeoHealth Laboratory and to Professor Jim McKenna and Dr. Claire Griffiths of Leeds Beckett University,” Dr Hobbs says.

In his presentation, Dr Hobbs discussed his investigation into preventable hospitalisations, which account for approximately 30 percent of all acute and arranged medical and surgical discharges in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He is investigating how deprivation and water fluoridation are linked to preventable dental-related hospitalisations.

He explained that the persistent nature of oral health inequities have presented a significant challenge to policy makers.

Dr Hobbs’ article on this subject is currently under review.

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