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Obesity Research at RMIT University 
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Physical activity is a key modifiable factor that controls the body’s energy metabolism, regulates body weight and is a major determinate of health. Many modern diseases arise from physical inactivity.
The impact of physical inactivity includes obesity and cardiovascular disease, which leads to low level chronic inflammation of vital organs including the heart, blood vessels and central nervous system.
Obesity and inflammation prevents the natural action of insulin to lower blood glucose leading to Type 2 diabetes, and an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease manifests as premature heart attacks and strokes. Using an integrated approach, the Metabolism, Exercise and Disease Program applies the latest techniques in biochemistry, cell biology and physiology to animal models of disease and human studies of exercise and metabolism.

  

Research Themes

•Molecular physiology of membrane transport

•Skeletal muscle energy metabolism related to exercise training and health

•Regulation of vascular tone, the influence of disease on vascular reactivity and new pharmacological approaches

•Role of the central nervous system in diseases such as heart failure, obesity and diabetes and neuropathic pain

•Vaccines against parasitic and bacterial diseases, structure/function of pathogen proteins

•Physical activity and aging

  

Research in the program focuses on:

» Vascular complications in diabetes (Professor Peter Little) 

» Novel pharmacological approaches to vascular disease (Professor Owen Woodman) 

» The central nervous system in heart failure, obesity and diabetes (Professor Emilio Badoer) 

» Energy metabolism related to exercise training and health (Professor John Hawley and Professor Stephen Bird) 

» Molecular Pharmacology for Diabetes (Associate Professor Jiming Ye)

» Dr Sarah Spencer Lab Current Projects:  
Treating stress-related disorders by manipulating diet and body weight
The role of ghrelin in stress
How does overfeeding in early life influence long-term physiology?

  

Read more about the Health Innovations Research Institute's Metabolism, Exercise and Disease sector.

  

 

  

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Obesity Research 

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Research at the Baker IDI
Heart & diabetes Institute

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Victoria University