$5 million in grants to Australian research on type 2 diabetes


Three Australian research teams have been awarded grants as part of a global effort to combat the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 300 million people worldwide.

Worth a total of $5 million, the three projects were funded by the NHMRC as part of a multi-country grant call through the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

The GACD comprises 10 of the world’s leading health research funding organisations, including the NHMRC, and aims to reduce the global burden of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases by coordinating research across the world.

The successful Australian researchers are Professor Anushka Patel and Associate Professor David Peiris from the George Institute for Global Health, and Indigenous health researcher Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown from the Menzies School of Health Research.

Prof Patel and A/Prof Peiris will be working collaboratively with researchers supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Chinese Academy of Medical Science respectively, while Associate Professor Maple-Brown will focus her research on Indigenous communities in Australia.

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso says, “The rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes is not a health issue faced by Australia alone – it is a global problem, which is why it requires a global effort.

“These GACD grants support some of our top diabetes researchers to work with talented researchers overseas. They plan to identify new ways to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, in low and middle income countries as well as Australia,” she says.

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