5 Oct 2016

Welcome to Professor of Diabetes, Paul Zimmet AO!

Professor Zimmet giving a talk to CCS's
medical students in March 2016. The day
had extensive workshops in diabetes
diagnosis, treatments and co-morbidities
Welcome to Professor Paul Zimmet AO, Professor of Diabetes at Monash University and formerly Director Emeritus, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute!

Paul has a lifelong interest in diabetes, starting with his PhD. He was also a pioneer in the epidemiology of diabetes, being the first WHO appointment invited to survey various Pacific island nation populations. In 1984, he founded the International Diabetes Institute which merged with the Baker Institute in 2008, becoming the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Paul’s research predicted and has charted the evolving global type 2 diabetes epidemic.  In 1999, he designed and led the team that undertook the first national diabetes and lifestyle study, AusDiab.


Paul's current areas of research include continuing his international epidemiology activities in Mauritius and the UAE. He is a co-Principal Investigator in a major Indigenous Australian diabetes study led by Professor Alex Brown at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He continues his research in type 2 diabetes, depression, sleep disturbances and ageing, currently initiating a research collaboration between Monash University and 2 major Israeli centres, Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Medical Centre. The collaboration focusses on research on the "Body Clock" to understand the epigenetic mechanisms that may explain the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the above disorders in Psammomys obesus in order to translate them for potential approaches to treatment and prevention in humans.

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