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Obesity Research at Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

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This Baker IDI Metabolism and Obesity team works at understanding the complex relationship between physical activity, weight regulation and the genetic and environmental underpinnings of metabolism to address the many complications of metabolic disorders and obesity.

There are six labs within the Metabolism and Obesity Division at Baker IDI:

  

Physical Activity

There is substantial evidence that physical activity contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases and is associated with a reduced risk of premature death. Through its substantial influence on energy expenditure, regular physical activity plays an important role in preventing obesity.

The Physical Activity laboratory seeks to undertake research that will facilitate the ongoing development and refinement of evidence-based physical activity programs for people in the wider community living with, or are at risk of chronic disease. This encompasses the following research disciplines: FIND OUT MORE

  

  

Cellular & Mollecular Metabolism

Professor Mark Febbraio and his team are at the forefront of research into the metabolic changes that leads to type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious public health issue and its dramatic rise in the community is a major social and economic burden. The complications of diabetes include kidney disease, eye disease and vascular disease. Diabetes is a major factor in cardiovascular disease and the most common cause of kidney failure in the western world. FIND OUT MORE

  

Muscle Biology & Therapeutics

In this lab, the goal is to understand the cellular mechanisms that regulate muscle growth and wasting, so that we can develop new methods of preventing or treating the symptoms of muscle-related diseases.  The work we do also has implications for improving the health of that other important muscle – the heart! FIND OUT MORE

  

Metabolic & Vascular Physiology

Research in this lab is focused on two main areas: coronary plaque stability (in collaboration with Dr Stephen Duffy and Professor Anthony Dart) and diabetes. Work is largely driven by the goals of better management of existing disease and the development of better predictive tools against it. FIND OUT MORE

  

Nutritional Interventions

The Nutritional Interventions laboratory is interested in long term sustainable nutritional interventions that reduce the rate of obesity and/or reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, or improve control of these conditions. All interventions are in humans. FIND OUT MORE

  

Cardiac Hypertrophy

The cardiac hypertrophy lab focuses on understanding heart enlargement, cardiac hypertrophy, through comparisons between models of health and disease: examining the enlarged athletic heart (physiological hypertrophy) in comparison to heart enlargement associated with disease (pathological hypertrophy). FIND OUT MORE

 

  

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