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Professor Paul Zimmet is Professor of Diabetes at Monash University and formerly Director Emeritus, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. In 1984, he founded the International Diabetes Institute which merged with the Baker Institute in 2008. He is Honorary President of the International Diabetes Federation and has an extensive international record in diabetes and obesity research, particularly in epidemiology and public health. His research predicted and has charted the evolving global type 2 diabetes epidemic.  His epidemiological studies commenced in the Pacific, and later to Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 1999, he designed and led the team that undertook the first national diabetes and lifestyle study, AusDiab.

Professor Zimmet’s metabolic and genetic studies with Professor Greg Collier, at Deakin University,  led to important understanding of mechanisms in diabetes and obesity using one of the best animal models for type 2 diabetes, a gerbil, Psammomys obesus. He led the Monash team, with Professor Ian Mackay and Dr Merrill Rowley, to develop the first laboratory assay test (Anti-GAD) for predicting type 1 diabetes in children and an adult form now know widely as LADA – not the Czechoslovakian car but Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults! This test is now used worldwide. He co-chaired the Federal Government National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group which prepared the groundwork for the government”s “National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 and is advising Singapore in the development of their national diabetes strategy.

Research area keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Public Health
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology

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Research Output

Chinese Famine and the diabetes mellitus epidemic

Zimmet, P., Shi, Z., El-Osta, A. & Ji, L., Feb 2020, In : Nature Reviews Endocrinology. 16, 2, p. 123-123 1 p.

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Cord blood metabolic markers are strong mediators of the effect of maternal adiposity on fetal growth in pregnancies across the glucose tolerance spectrum: the PANDORA study

Lee, I. L., Barr, E. L. M., Longmore, D., Barzi, F., Brown, A. D. H., Connors, C., Boyle, J. A., Kirkwood, M., Hampton, V., Lynch, M., Lu, Z. X., O’Dea, K., Oats, J., McIntyre, H. D., Zimmet, P., Shaw, J. E., Maple-Brown, L. J. & on behalf of the PANDORA study team, 8 Jan 2020, In : Diabetologia. 63, p. 497–507 11 p.

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Social and economic factors, maternal behaviours in pregnancy and neonatal adiposity in the PANDORA cohort

Longmore, D. K., Barr, E. L. M., Barzi, F., Lee, I. L., Kirkwood, M., Connors, C., Boyle, J., O'Dea, K., Zimmet, P., Oats, J., Catalano, P., McIntyre, H. D., Brown, A. D. H., Shaw, J. E., Maple-Brown, L. J. & on behalf of the PANDORA study research team, Mar 2020, In : Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 161, SI, 11 p., 108028.

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Birth outcomes in women with gestational diabetes managed by lifestyle modification alone: The PANDORA study

Cheng, E., Longmore, D. K., Barzi, F., Barr, E. L. M., Lee, I. L., Whitbread, C., Boyle, J. A., Oats, J., Connors, C., McIntyre, H. D., Kirkwood, M., Dempsey, K., Zhang, X., Thomas, S., Williams, D., Zimmet, P., Brown, A. D. H., Shaw, J. E., Maple-Brown, L. J. & On behalf of PANDORA Study research team, Nov 2019, In : Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 157, 10 p., 107876.

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1 Citation (Scopus)