Dunlop Senior Research Fellow

Activities of the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Senior Fellow in Metabolic Medicine, 2015-2016

Diabetes and obesity are leading cause of cardiovascular diseases. With increasing age, the prevalence of diabetes and obesity increases. Following a diagnosis of diabetes, after a period of more than 5 years, there is risk of development of complications, in particular the risk of development of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

We have had a successful year of conducting extensive medical research into the identification, diagnosis, prevention of complications, and the management of diabetes and obesity.  These metabolic diseases, including their complications, affect many Veterans and their families.

In 2015-2016, we received several awards and secured research grants. We undertook 16 Drug trials and 4 investigator-initiated studies. We published 21 papers in leading diabetes, obesity and metabolism international journals.

During this time, we continue to supervise 7 PhD students, 4 of whom are academic endocrinologists and 3 post doctoral fellows. In 2015, we supervised 5 The University of Melbourne Scholarly Selective students and this number increased to 9 in 2016.

We organized a scientific forum to mark the retirement of Professor Joseph Proietto, University of Melbourne, 17th of April 2015, which was well attended and included invited speakers who are international and national leaders in obesity and diabetes. We presented at national and international scientific meetings as invited speakers. The group as a whole presented more than 20 times at leading national and international diabetes/ obesity/ endocrinology /metabolism scientific Meetings.

In summary, we had a very successful year.  We look forward to making more contributions in 2016-2017 to the field of diabetes and obesity which affect many Veterans and their families.

Dr Elif I Ekinci
MB BS, FRACP, PhD