Associate Professor Penny Hunt
Penny Hunt is a Consultant Endocrinologist working at Christchurch Hospital, and in private practice, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago. Penny graduated from the Otago Medical School before working in Christchurch where she completed her MD thesis identifying the novel peptide ProBNP – now utilized worldwide as a routine marker of cardiac dysfunction. Her postgraduate fellowship was at Oxford University, UK, focusing on the genetics of autoimmune thyroid disease and DHEA therapy in adrenal insufficiency. Her current work is predominantly clinical, encompassing all aspects of endocrinology, with research resulting from clinical scenarios – including describing the first association of parental iron treatment with hypophosphataemia. Her governance roles in New Zealand have included membership of the national growth hormone committee.