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Metabolic and Vascular Physiology

Addressing important clinical questions in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease

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Prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease through novel bench-top to bedside approaches.


About the Metabolic and Vascular Physiology laboratory

The Metabolic and Vascular Physiology laboratory addresses important clinical questions across the obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease continuum. This work is directed to novel preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies through multidisciplinary approaches combining basic bench-top research with human physiology and investigator-led randomised controlled clinical trials. Our work impacts on patient care and has been published in highly regarded journals.

The laboratory is well known for work on vascular biomechanical properties, as well as guideline influencing studies in exercise research elucidating the mechanisms underpinning the cardiometabolic protective effects of physical activity. Current research directions include identification of novel molecular mechanisms applicable to clinical practice, with a particular focus on:

  • activation of brown adipose tissue to combat obesity
  • a metabolomics approach to understanding the regulation of energy expenditure in humans.

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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