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Can we prevent diabetes?

New hope that we can stop type 2 diabetes before it starts
Diabetes is arguably one of Australia's greatest health challenges and fastest-growing chronic conditions. But landmark research shows that type 2 diabetes could be preventable at any life stage - whether you are still young, starting a family, or middle-old age.

Event details
Date and time:
Tuesday 9 April6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations required.

When you dig into the data, diabetes paints a dire picture. According to Diabetes Australia, 280 people develop diabetes every day and it's the leading cause of preventable blindness and more than 4400 amputations a year. People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease — and this only skims the surface of the alarming statistics.

However, the University of Sydney has made a leading contribution to exciting new research that reveals a way to prevent type 2 diabetes from developing in most individuals who are susceptible based on age, family history, ethnicity and markers of pre-diabetes. 

PREVIEW is a landmark study in diabetes prevention and weight loss management. Leading researchers from the study will draw on the findings and learnings of PREVIEW – lifestyle interventions and population studies from Europe and around the world – to share new solutions to determine risk, how to avoid developing type 2 diabetes and how to safely lose a large amount of weight. These approaches challenge traditional strategies, such as following a conventional healthy diet. 


This event is co-presented with Charles Perkins Centre, which is a partner of the PREVIEW study.

The speakers

Jennie Brand-Miller – or GI Jennie, as she is known – is internationally recognised for her groundbreaking work that championed a way to measure differences between foods, now commonly known as the ‘glycemic index’. Her current research includes diabetes prevention. She is the Principal Investigator of the Australian arm of the PREVIEW study, the world's largest lifestyle intervention to prevent diabetes in individuals at high risk.

Anne Raben is the Project Coordinator of the PREVIEW project and head of the Obesity Research Group in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS) of the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Anne has 20 years of experience working in industry and academia on obesity, human nutrition and diabetes.

Edith Feskens is Professor Nutrition and Metabolic Sydrome and leader of the PREVIEW observational and longitudinal population studies in 5 countries, focusing on the specific role of protein and  carbohydrates in the development of type 2 diabetes

Stephen Colagiuri is Professor of Metabolic Health and Director of the Boden Institute at the University of Sydney. He is also Co-Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity. 

Stephen Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, foundation member of the Obesity Collective and Chair of its Curators group, and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has been named NSW Scientist of the Year (2009), elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2013) and made a Companion of the Order of Australia (2015). Stephen has also been prominent in the media, including presenting a four-part documentary series for ABC TV, Great Southern Land.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Simply click the 'Register now' button or follow this link.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

This event takes place at Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, which is on John Hopkins Drive (next to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), off Missenden Road. 

You can also enter via the Ross Street entrance: the venue is next to the ovals.

There will be directional signage on the day leading to the theatre. You may also refer to the map on this page. 

By public transport

The closest bus stop is the University of Sydney Ross Street Gate, Parramatta Road (Opposite Glebe Officeworks). It is a five-minute walk to the venue. Use the campus map to locate the bus stop. You can take the bus from Central Station (routes 412, 413, 436, 438, 440, 461, 480). 

This venue provides wheelchair access and infrared hearing system.

Access requirements

If you have other access requirements or want more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email with 'Access | Apr 9 - Diabetes' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for any additional services in time for the event.

Parking is very limited on campus, which means your best options are to find street parking or locate a private carpark near the University. We recommend you take public transport, walk or cycle in.

You're welcome to use Shepherd Street Carpark or Western Avenue Carpark but these have limited spaces, available on a first-come basis. To find out fees and more details, head to the Parking page.

Getting there