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Obesity Research at The University of Melbourne

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At The University of Melbourne obesity research is seperated into four divisions:

  

Basic Research Division

The Basic Research Program in Obesity seeks to understand the molecular and cellular basis for obesity, its underlying causes and drivers, as well as to identify key targets for treatment.  While research has established there are genetic links to obesity, these genes are unlikely to be the sole cause since the obesity rate has increased by more than 50% over the past two decades.  It is likely that other factors regulating gene expression of proteins controlling appetite and body fat deposition are also involved. The availability of high fat foods and sedentary lifestyle appear to be triggers or factors regulating gene expression.  Basic research is conducted at the molecular, cell and whole animal levels to provide models to understand mechanism (and thus target prevention), complications and define better treatment strategies for the disease

  

Clinical Research Division

The clinical research group aims to improve understanding of the biology of human obesity and to use this knowledge to improve strategies for prevention and treatment

  

Clinical Medicine and Surgical Research Division

The members of the Clinical Medicine and Surgery group include the obesity services of the Royal Melbourne, Austin and Western Hospitals as well as the Royal Children’s Hospital and The Royal Women’s and Mercy maternity hospitals.

  

The mission of the group is to establish evidence-based management of obesity in the public hospitals affiliated to The University of Melbourne. Our clinics will link up with general practice to share the care of obese patients and in the process will educate general practitioners on the treatment of obesity. In addition, it is our aim to educate doctors, students and the public on the newest scientific discoveries that impact on patient care.

  

The Public Health and Epidemiology Division

The Public Health and Epidemiology group is represented by members from a range of academic and hospital departments, government and non-government organisations.  Our combined research portfolio covers population health research across a number of life stages, and includes epidemiologic and observational studies (examining issues of prevalence, trajectories of risk, determinants and co-morbidities of obesity – including wider social and psychological aspects), as well as community-based and primary care-based intervention studies.  Many of our members have well-established links with other population health and obesity networks nationally and internationally, and some also have a clinical or basic science background.  

 

  

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