Chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have a devastating effect on millions of lives every year. The World Health Organization reports that cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in the world, while almost one million Australians have diabetes and two in three Australians are regarded as being overweight or obese.
We're committed to research that will help us understand, prevent and treat these diseases – from discovering new ways to detect vascular disease, to growing heart muscles to repair a damaged heart and improving wound healing in diabetic patients.
We bring together experts from across our schools, centres and institutes in a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to chronic disease research.
Poor oral health can have negative effects on a range of chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and dementia. We're conducting ongoing research in lifespan oral health to further understand these links.
Find out more about research at the Sydney Dental School.
Our obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease research programs include basic biology, clinical medicine and policy research into the most effective ways of containing risk factors. We have a number of world-renowned programs in the causes, prevention and treatment of heart and vascular disease, and in preventative public health measures.
Find out more about research at the Sydney Medical School.
Cardiovascular research at the School of Medical Sciences examines new and innovative approaches to improve the management of heart attacks, the immunopathology of atherosclerosis and inherited risk factors for heart disease.
Particular strengths within the theme include:
Find out more about research at the School of Medical Sciences.
In Australia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, renal failure, dementia, and other conditions of ageing are leading causes of mortality and comprise a substantial health burden. With an ageing population, the role of nurses in lifestyle and chronic disease management is more important than ever.
Find out more about research at the Sydney Nursing School.
Our researchers are examining several key aspects to reduce accumulation of ‘bad’ cholesterol in cardiovascular disease and to improve treatment of diabetes. Other projects address how ‘bad’ cholesterol and obesity contribute to cancer aggressiveness.
Find out more about research at the Sydney Pharmacy School.
Our prevention experts are working to reduce the prevelance of a range of chronic diseasess by bringing together diverse teams of researchers to identify ways we can prevent ill-health and promote wellbeing, including:
Learn more about research at the Sydney School of Public Health.