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Associate Professor Barbora de Courten, MD PhD FRACP MPH is a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and a general physician with a PhD in epidemiology, extensive training in clinical trials (NIH) and a Master of Public Health (Monash University). She has expertise across the translational research continuum from epidemiology, human mechanistic studies to clinical trials and public health interventions through to practice.

She is passionate about research into holistic approaches to prevention and treatment of chronic diseases by promoting health through safe, low-cost and easily scalable interventions with the potential to have an immediate public health impact to prevent and treat chronic diseases. She believes this will impact not only health of individuals but also be beneficial to our society and environment we live in. 

Her vision is to establish new strategies for prevention and management of chronic diseases, specifically obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Her goal is that her research findings will ultimately translate into treatment guidelines, reduced diabetes and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and reduced healthcare costs.

She has worked in a variety of international settings, as reflected by her appointments at prestigious institutions in the USA (NIH), Australia (Baker IDI, Monash University) and Europe (University of Copenhagen and Steno Diabetes Centre). She has an active national and international research network in her respective research disciplines.


  • chronic disease prevention and management
  • chronic low-grade inflammation
  • insulin resistance
  • insulin secretion
  • obesity
  • vitamin D
  • advanced glycation end-products
  • carnosine
  • diabetes
  • oxidative stress

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2001 2018

Adipsin concentrations are associated with back pain independently of adiposity in overweight or obese adults

Brady, S. R. E., Mousa, A., Naderpoor, N., de Courten, M. P. J., Cicuttini, F. & de Courten, B. 12 Feb 2018 In : Frontiers in Physiology. 9, FEB, 93

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Advanced glycation end products, oxidation products, and incident cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes

Koska, J., Saremi, A., Howell, S., Bahn, G., De Courten, B., Ginsberg, H., Beisswenger, P. J. & Reaven, P. D. 1 Mar 2018 In : Diabetes Care. 41, 3, p. 570-576 7 p.

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Bioavailable and free 25-hydroxyvitamin D and vitamin D binding protein in polycystic ovary syndrome: Relationships with obesity and insulin resistance

Naderpoor, N., Shorakae, S., Abell, S. K., Mousa, A., Joham, A. E., Moran, L. J., Stepto, N. K., Spritzer, P. M., Teede, H. J. & de Courten, B. Mar 2018 In : Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 177, p. 209-215 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Burden and trend of diet-related non-communicable diseases in Australia and comparison with 34 OECD countries, 1990–2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015

Melaku, Y. A., Renzaho, A., Gill, T. K., Taylor, A. W., Dal Grande, E., de Courten, B., Baye, E., Gonzalez-Chica, D., Hyppӧnen, E., Shi, Z., Riley, M., Adams, R. & Kinfu, Y. 7 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Nutrition. p. 1-15 15 p.

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Depression and diabetes distress in adults with type 2 diabetes: Results from the Australian National Diabetes Audit (ANDA) 2016

Nanayakkara, N., Pease, A., Ranasinha, S., Wischer, N., Andrikopoulos, S., Speight, J., De Courten, B. & Zoungas, S. 1 Dec 2018 In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 7846

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Open Access