Diabetes, obesity & related disorders
Our researchers are working to improve the lives
of children and adolescents living with diabetes, obesity and other
Type I diabetes (T1DM) is an autoimmune condition which destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin.
Children with T1DM need to test their blood glucose level with fingerpricks at least four times a day and have insulin injections every day for the rest of their lives.
The research addresses clinical questions and encompasses epidemiology, clinical investigations and trials, new technology and prevention studies.
With obesity rates trebling in children and young adults in Australia over the past 20 years, our obesity research team is investigating the complex factors that contribute to this issue.
Related to the increasing rates of childhood obesity is type 2 diabetes in children.
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is where the body is unable to use insulin efficiently, that is the person is insulin-resistant. This eventually leads to the person with T2DM becoming insulin- deficient where the beta cells do not make enough insulin to meet the body's metabolic needs. Read more about our diabetes and obesity research...
The Raine Study Nutrition team is involved in investigating a wide variety of nutritional factors from early infant feeding up to adolescent diets. These factors are being investigated in both mental and physical health outcomes and provide valuable and unique information to the wider scientific community. Read more about our nutrition research...
Related media releases
- Genes identified for common childhood obesity (April, 2012)
Telethon Institute team members:
Matthew Cooper, Biostatistician; PhD candidate
Dr Raymond Davey, Research Associate
Megan Evans, Dietician
Mary Flynn, Administrative Assistant
Dr Aveni Haynes, Research Fellow; PhD candidate
Rachelle Kalic, Research Officer
Kaitie McNamara, Research Assistant
Dr Louise Naylor, Bright Spark Fellow
Jennifer Nicholas, Research Nurse
Nirubasini Paramalingam, Clinical Research Coordinator
Adam Retterath, Research Assistant
Heather Roby, Research Assistant
Dr Barbara Sheil, Diabetes Clinical Project Manager
Wayne Soon, Research Assistant
Princess Margaret team members:
Dr Mary Abraham, Paediatric Endocrine Fellow
Dr Jacqueline Curran, Paediatric Endocrinologist; PhD candidate
Julie Dart, Research Nurse
Dr Trang Ly, Paediatric Endocrinologist; PhD candidate
Dr Vinutha Shetty, Paediatric Endocrine Telethon Fellow; PhD candidate
Associate Professor Aris Siafarikas, Paediatric Endocrinologist
Alison Roberts, Research Nurse
Martin De Bock, Paediatric Endocrinologist
Carly George, Paediatric Endocrine Fellow
Nooshi Rath, Paediatric Endocrine Fellow
Casey Lowden-Crook, Research Nurse