Dr Matthew Sabin
Dr Matt Sabin trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London (UK) before undertaking general paediatric training on the South and West Coasts of England. Following success in the membership examinations of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, he read for a PhD investigating the links between Childhood Obesity and Type 2 diabetes. This was funded through a Diabetes UK Clinical Training Fellowship. In 2006, he moved to the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Here he has been undertaking sub-speciality training in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, as well as working towards Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Matt maintains strong clinical and research interests in childhood obesity and its links with associated diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. He has been integrally involved in the development of Weight Management Services at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as well as the formation of a large cross-campus obesity research initiative at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Over 200 new families each year are seen through the Royal Children’s Hospital Weight Management Service, making it the largest tertiary-hospital paediatric weight management service in Australia. This acts as a central axis to his research endeavours.
Clinical research involves the collection of data from overweight and obese children allowing further investigation into the role of genetics vs. environment in the development of obesity and progression to disease. Laboratory research is centred on specifically investigating the role that early nutrition plays in altering susceptibility to later obesity and diabetes, as well as probing ways in which processes underlying these conditions can be altered by growth factors and modulators of inflammation.