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

Professor de Courten 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. She has held 7 competitive felowships including (National Health and Medical Research Council, National Insitutes of Health, National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship). Her work has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Insitutes of Health, Australian Diabetes Society, National Heart Foundation, Royal Australasian College of Physicians and several foundations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Public health, MPH

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

Research, PhD

Award Date: 20 Sep 2002

Medicine and Surgery, MD

Award Date: 19 May 1998

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
  • cardiovascular disease
  • dietary interventions


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