About Professor Kim Donaghue

I love the intellectual challenge and hope to make a real difference to management and outcomes for children with diabetes.

In 1990 I established a comprehensive diabetes complications screening programme for adolescents which was the first of its kind in the world.

My research has resulted in 69 peer-reviewed publications and 9 invited chapters and editorials. Three had accompanying favourable editorials and one was a lead article. I have given invited lectures at 10 international and 5 national meetings. In the last five years I have secured $990,000 in research grants. I have ongoing collaborations in Melbourne, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. I am a Co-editor of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Clinical Practice Consensus Guidelines 2006-7. One of my most significant contributions is the identification of the importance of prepubertal diabetes duration to diabetes complications in adolescence and adulthood. I have also shown this contribution to be non-linear, increasing towards puberty. These findings have changed the way people think and manage diabetes in the prepubertal child. Prior to this, it was not felt that it was necessary to tightly control their blood glucose levels until puberty. Now, it is recognised that children with diabetes need tight control of their blood glucose levels from the disease onset.  

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Donaghue's publicatons, please visit her Sydney Medical School profile page.