Professor Chris Nolan, Head, Diabetes Research Laboratory, The Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT
Obesity and type two diabetes are approaching pandemic proportions. These two diseases are the major focus of our internationally recognised research.
We are currently conducting research into how the insulin producing cells of the pancreas either adapt to chronic nutrient overload or fail to adapt, leading to diabetes. We are particularly interested in the influence of maternal health during pregnancy on diabetes risk. We are also conducting research into possible susceptibility factors in the development of type one diabetes.
Other projects currently underway range from studies of placental function in obese and diabetic pregnancy through to new medications in clinical trials