Dr José Guilherme Behrensdorf Derraik

BSc MSc PhD MRSNZ

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Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Dr José Derraik is originally from Brazil, but moved to New Zealand in 1995, where he gained a BSc and MSc in Ecology and a PhD in Public Health (University of Otago). His PhD focused on vector ecology, particularly on the likelihood of an outbreak of mosquito-borne disease in New Zealand under ongoing anthropogenic environmental changes. Dr Derraik was a Senior Advisor at MAF Biosecurity NZ providing expert advice to the government on threats to human health, before joining the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland in 2008.

His current research focuses on the long-term effects of early life events (e.g. preterm birth) in childhood and adulthood, as well as on prediction and prevention of childhood obesity. Dr Derraik leads international collaborations in these areas, gaining recognition with appointments as Honorary Associate Professor at the Children's Hospital at Zhejiang University School of Medicine (Hangzhou, China) and as Honorary Researcher at Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden).

Dr Derraik also has a leading role in a number of clinical trials and cross-sectional studies involving children, adolescents, and adults. He has an extensive research portfolio with 165+ peer-reviewed publications.

Research | Current

* Long-term effects of early life events in childhood, particularly pre-pubertal children.

* Long-term effects of early life events in adulthood.

* Prediction and prevention of childhood obesity.

* Short- and long-term health effects of obesity.

* Gut microbiome as a treatment for adolescent obesity.

Distinctions/Honours

  • Honorary Associate Professor – The Children’s Hospital Health at Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China (2018–present).
  • Honorary Research Associate – Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (2017–present).
  • Honorary Research Associate – Disease and Vector Research Group, Institute for Natural Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand (2009–2012)

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Clinical trials
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Data analysis
  • Environmental health
  • Vector ecology
  • Mosquito-borne diseases
  • Biosecurity
  • Animal and plants of human health significance

Committees/Professional groups/Services

National commitees

  • Member of the Health Research Council of New Zealand Science Assessment Committee (2017)
  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Biodiversity Committee (2007–2009)

Editorial work

  • Scientific Reports – editorial board member (2013–present)
  • PLoS ONE – editorial board member (2017–present)
  • PeerJ – academic editor (2017–present)
  • Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand – associate editor (2018–present)
  • Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina – editorial committee member (2012–present)

Peer-review work

  • Has reviewed for 71 international journals, including top publications in their respective fields such as PNAS, Diabetes Care, Conservation Letters, and International Journal of Epidemiology.
  • Reviewer for national and international granting bodies, such as the Health Research Council of New Zealand, The Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance, AXA Research Fund, and the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Reviewer of technical documents for the Royal Society of New Zealand and MAF Biosecurity New Zealand.

Professional membership

  • Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2007–present)
  • Asia-Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society – APPES (2018–present)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Derraik, J. G. B., Lundgren, M., Cutfield, W. S., & Ahlsson, F. (2017). Association Between Preterm Birth and Lower Adult Height in Women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185 (1), 48-53. 10.1093/aje/kww116
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34434
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Cutfield
  • Derraik, J. G. B., Lundgren, M., Cutfield, W. S., & Ahlsson, F. (2016). Body Mass Index, Overweight, and Obesity in Swedish Women Born Post-term. Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology, 30 (4), 320-324. 10.1111/ppe.12292
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29465
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Cutfield
  • Derraik, J. G. B., Lundgren, M., Cutfield, W. S., & Ahlsson, F. (2016). Maternal Height and Preterm Birth: A Study on 192,432 Swedish Women. PLoS One, 11 (4), e0154304-e0154304. 10.1371/journal.pone.0154304
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29470
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Cutfield
  • Derraik, J. G., Ahlsson, F., Lundgren, M., Jonsson, B., & Cutfield, W. S. (2016). First-borns have greater BMI and are more likely to be overweight or obese: a study of sibling pairs among 26,812 Swedish women. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70 (1), 78-81. 10.1136/jech-2014-205368
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29580
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Cutfield
  • Derraik, J. G. B., Ahlsson, F., Diderholm, B., & Lundgren, M. (2015). Obesity rates in two generations of Swedish women entering pregnancy, and associated obesity risk among adult daughters. Scientific Reports, 510.1038/srep16692
  • Derraik, J. G., Mathai, S., Chiavaroli, V., Dalziel, S. R., Harding, J. E., Biggs, J., ... Hofman, P. L. (2015). Preterm birth is associated with an intergenerational effect on cardio-metabolic risk. Clinical Endocrinology, 83 (3), 439-440. 10.1111/cen.12749
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27023
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Cutfield, Jane Harding, Paul Hofman, Stuart Dalziel, Janene Biggs
  • Derraik, J. G. B., Ayyavoo, A., Hofman, P. L., Biggs, J. B., & Cutfield, W. S. (2015). Increasing maternal prepregnancy body mass index is associated with reduced insulin sensitivity and increased blood pressure in their children. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf), 83 (3), 352-356. 10.1111/cen.12665
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Cutfield, Paul Hofman, Ahila Ayyavoo, Janene Biggs
  • Derraik, J. G. B. (2015). The Principles of Fair Allocation of Peer-Review: How Much Should a Researcher be Expected to Contribute?. Science and engineering ethics, 21 (4), 825-828. 10.1007/s11948-014-9584-2

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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 202
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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