Catherine Sheat


Assistant Research Fellow

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch

I am involved in the Parkinson’s Environment and Genes Study (PEGS).  This study aims to improve our understanding of Parkinson’s disease in New Zealand by investigating the genetic and environmental exposures associated with Parkinson’s.  We will obtain data on genetic risk factors, occupational and environmental exposures, and other medical and life-style factors that people have experienced throughout their lifetime.  Through the comparison of responses from people with Parkinson’s and control participants, we aim to identify the key factors involved in the development of Parkinson’s within the New Zealand population.


My background: I was introduced to clinical research through the University of Otago at the end of my degree when I worked on a project which focused on the exercise capacity of people with Type 1 Diabetes. After that I moved back to my hometown of Christchurch and worked at the Cancer Society Tissue Bank. There I got even more insight into clinical research and my interest in it grew. Most recently I worked in a laboratory environment which I enjoyed, however, I am very happy to be back working on important clinical research for New Zealanders with a great group of people at NZBRI.


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Download Resting heart rate variability and exercise capacity in Type 1 diabetes.
Wilson, L. C., Peebles, K. C., Hoye, N. A., Manning, P., Sheat, C., Williams, M. J. A., Wilkins, G. T., Wilson, G. A., Baldi, J. C. (2017). Resting heart rate variability and exercise capacity in Type 1 diabetes. Physiological Reports, 5, e13248. 10.14814/phy2.13248