Barbora de Courten


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Dr. Barbora de Courten, MD PhD FRACP MPH is a professor and a specialist 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Public health, MPH

Research, PhD

Medicine and Surgery, MD

Research area keywords

  • 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 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

An update on carnosine and anserine research

Derave, W., De Courten, B. & Baba, S. P., 28 Jan 2019, In : Amino Acids. 51, 1, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Associations between urinary advanced glycation end products and cardiometabolic parameters in metabolically healthy obese women

Baye, E., Mark, A. B., Poulsen, M. W., Andersen, J. M., Dragsted, L. O., Bügel, S. G. & de Courten, B., 10 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Medicine. 8, 7, 8 p., 1008.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Brown adipose tissue thermogenesis in polycystic ovary syndrome

Shorakae, S., Jona, E., de Courten, B., Lambert, G. W., Lambert, E. A., Phillips, S. E., Clarke, I. J., Teede, H. J. & Henry, B. A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Clinical Endocrinology. 90, 3, p. 425-432 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)

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., 1 Apr 2019, In : European Journal of Nutrition. 58, 3, p. 1299-1313 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Carnosine supplementation reduces plasma soluble transferrin receptor in healthy overweight or obese individuals: a pilot randomised trial

Baye, E., Ukropec, J., de Courten, M. P. J., Kurdiova, T., Krumpolec, P., Fernández-Real, J. M., Aldini, G., Ukropcova, B. & de Courten, B., 28 Jan 2019, In : Amino Acids. 51, 1, p. 73-81 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Why burned toast gives you wrinkles

Barbora de Courten


1 item of Media coverage

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Research award supports nutrigenomics for diabetes

Barbora de Courten


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Why burned toast gives you wrinkles

Barbora de Courten


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research