Diabetes Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome
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An estimated 275 Australians develop diabetes every day. The 2005 Australian AusDiab Follow-up Study (Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study) showed that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes but that up to half of the cases of type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. By 2031 it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 diabetes (Vos et al., 2004).
While treatments for both types of diabetes exist, neither is curable and effective treatments for obesity are yet to be developed. Desire to find cures for diabetes, obesity and related metabolic syndrome are pushing the demand for innovative reagents for research in this area. This is particularly true in Australia where research into diabetes alone has dramatically expanded since 2000:
- In 2009, more than $63 million was expended by the NHMRC on 341 active research grants investigating diabetes - this has grown from just over $10M in 2000 and is expected to grow again in 2010.
- Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) has announced funding of approximately $2 million for 27 new projects for 2010 - an increase of 14%.
Life Research is excited to be offering a Research Area category specifically for Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome
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