Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease account for half the deaths in Australia and have become epidemics of global proportions.
The majority of initiatives addressing these diseases have approached them as medical conditions, concentrating on their complex biology at the levels of genes, cells and organs. These are important areas for research, but the causes and consequences of these diseases are much more complicated than biology alone.
The Charles Perkins Centre, however, will look at things differently.
We are bringing together outstanding minds from within the University and beyond to improve our understanding of the impact of other factors, such as our psychological makeup, our education, the cultural norms we grow up with, the economic pressures that shape our lives, our surrounding built environment, and the agricultural and food industries we depend on for food.
The centre is also developing innovative, multidisciplinary teaching programs to inspire the next generation of researchers and practitioners.