Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease


Researchers across Sydney Medical School are working on the interconnected problems associated with obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The approaches are multi-pronged and unite expertise in basic, clinical, public health and health policy research.

Some researchers are working on new and innovative approaches to improve the management of heart attacks, the immunopathology of atherosclerosis and inherited risk factors for heart disease. Others are working to improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with cardiovascular disease through the identification of new gene abnormalities, investigating how biological signals communicate between and within cells, and understanding how genes and their mutations cause disease.

Another significant group is working to reduce the individual and societal impact of obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. This approach focuses on important underlying factors, including obesity, inappropriate nutrition and physical inactivity.

Some of the research questions currently being investigated are:


When does obesity start and how can we reverse it?

Is running good for your heart?

Is there more to vascular disease than high cholesterol?

Are the risk factors for stroke the same as those for coronary artery disease?

Are there new therapies for vascular disease that can be used when heart attack and stroke occur?

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