We are the foremost research centre in Australia contributing to bettering the global understanding of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their related conditions.
Diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death, disability and reduced quality of life in Australia.
Since 1995, the number of Australians living with obesity has increased by 47% and there is now an estimated 1.7 million Australians who are affected by diabetes. Obesity is a serious global health issue affecting more than 500 million individuals worldwide, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally. These lifestyle diseases have a considerable impact on individuals, families, the healthcare system and society.
That’s why the Charles Perkins Centre is taking a radically different approach to these chronic diseases, bringing together researchers from different fields and putting the focus on generating practical solutions that can be easily utilised by the community.
The Charles Perkins Centre conducts a wide range of research pertinent to the prevention, treatment and support of people living obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their related diseases. To find out more about our research, which you can support, view our current research page.
All research that occurs at the Charles Perkins Centre is aimed at improving human health. But to do this, we need to transform our discoveries and solutions into usable products in the community. One way the Charles Perkins Centre does this is though The Incubator Fund, which provides funding to help us translate our research into commercial solutions.
Early career researchers are fully qualified researchers, who are just beginning to forge their research careers. They bring with them vitally important new ideas to long-standing problems and a strong passion to get their research off the ground.
Playwright Alana Valentine and writer Mireille Juchau will each receive $100,000 and spend a year based at the centre, alongside clinicians and researchers looking to ease the burden of obesity and chronic disease.