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Baker IDI Annual Report 2013
2 July 2014

In 2013, Baker IDI was successful in identifying new ways to translate our work for better health, playing a significant role in shaping health policy and recruiting the best scientific minds to support our research agenda. We have also been focussed on cementing our leadership role in the international cardiovascular and diabetes research arena. In 2013, we undertook a strategic review of our research program as part of the development of a 5-10 year science strategy. Like good science, rigorous analysis and robust peer-review are prudent to ensure we are well-positioned to achieve our goals.

Other highlights include: Scientific discoveries that are helping to tackle frailty, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis; The presentation of findings in the landmark Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study; Recognition of our researchers' contributions to health with prestigious national and international awards; The expansion of our Indigenous health program and The development of a new Clinical Research Centre which will incorporate high-end imaging to drive the scale and speed of our research.

The Baker IDI Blood Pressure Diet and Lifestyle Plan
The Baker IDI Blood Pressure Diet and Lifestyle Plan
25 February 2014

You cannot simply look in the mirror and know your blood-pressure level. It remains a silent indicator of the health of your heart and the network of blood vessels and organs that maintain blood supply throughout your body. What is clear though is that if you maintain your blood pressure at normal levels, it will have a significant bearing on your health and longevity.

To provide you with an overview of high and low blood pressure and its impact on your health, heart and nutrition experts have come together to write this book. It includes the ideal targets that you and your healthcare team should aim for, important advice on the treatments you might be prescribed if you have high blood pressure, and the benefits of simple but highly effective lifestyle changes you might make to improve your overall health.

The book provides more than 80 delicious recipes to get you on the road to reducing your blood pressure. These include baked lamb with eggplant, tomato and mint pilaf; homemade gnocchi with walnut and parsley pesto; pork skewers with sweet potato oven fries and pineapple and capsicum salsa; and chocolate, pistachio and date meringue. Click here  for several gratis recipes. 

The book retails for $35 and is available now from all good book stores. You can also purchase a copy via our online store

Baker IDI Annual Report 2012
Baker IDI Annual Report 2012
14 November 2013

In 2012, the science community marked the anniversary of some game-changing moments including the 10th anniversary of the human genome project, and the discovery of the Higgs Boson-like particle. Such discoveries are especially exciting as we realise the potential of ‘big science', reminding us of the enormous capabilities that large scale facilities and clusters of scientists working across international borders can achieve. 

Baker IDI has a long and proud history of international collaboration and it is fitting that this latest report highlights our diverse international footprint.


Out of Sight - A Report into Diabetic Eye Disease in Australia
Out of Sight - A Report into Diabetic Eye Disease in Australia
8 October 2013

This is the first comprehensive overview on the impact of diabetic eye disease, specifically diabetic retinopathy. The report, authored by Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Centre for Eye Research Australia, was sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia.

CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Recipe Book
The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Recipe Book
4 September 2013

If you have type 2 diabetes, you are not alone. More than 1.5 million Australians have diabetes, and more than twice that number are likely to develop diabetes in the next five to ten years. The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be controlled so you can lead a normal life. The right eating plan, regular exercise and, where necessary, diabetes medication, can make all the difference.

The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Recipe Book provides more than 100 delicious recipes for every occasion - from feeding a family to hosting an elegant dinner party. You may even be surprised to find things on the menu you thought you'd never eat again - from smoothies and french toast to panna cotta and parfait, from roast dinners to curries and pasta dishes.

In conjunction with the information and advice given in The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan, this collection of recipes will help you improve your health, manage your weight and feed your family and friends healthy, satisfying and tasty food.

The book retails for $35 and is available now from all good book stores. You can also purchase a copy via our online store

Baker IDI Annual Report 2011
Baker IDI Annual Report 2011
5 October 2012

From a strategic review of the sector to discoveries and awards; there is much to report and a great deal to celebrate.

Baker IDI 2010 Report
Baker IDI 2010 Report
7 November 2011

In 2011, the Institute is celebrating 85 years since the founding of the Baker Medical Research Institute. As we reflect on the achievements of the past with a sense of collegiate pride, we look forward to a dynamic future, in which health and medical research is embedded in the health reform process and where translation of that research into health and medical practice remains central to the goal of discovery.

The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan
The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan
2 May 2011

The benefits of a comprehensive approach to good health, including the need for both healthy food choices and physical activity, has been a key area of focus during the launch of the The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan in early May.

Perspectives Vol 4
Perspectives Volume 4 - Food and Health
30 March 2011

In this edition of Baker IDI Perspectives we examine the link between food and health and the roles and responsibilities of government, healthcare agencies and individuals in regards to what we eat

Baker IDI Biennial Report 2009-2010
Baker IDI Biennial Report 2009-2010
30 July 2010

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity remain the biggest health challenges facing our society today with diagnosis rising at a rate that threatens to significantly impair quality of life for millions of Australians.

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute is well placed to tackle this challenge in a comprehensive way, based on our expertise in producing high-end research that informs preventative health strategies as well as our ability to translate research into clinical care.

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Perspectives Volume 3- e-health
22 July 2010

In this edition of Perspectives, we examine the implementation of e-health and its’ potential impact on the Australian health sector following the recent introduction of individual healthcare identifiers for every Australian.

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Perspectives Volume 2 - National Preventative Health Strategy
7 December 2009

The National Preventative Health strategy highlights the need for urgent, comprehensive and sustained action
to address the rising incidence of preventable disease amongst Australians.

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Baker IDI Annual Report 2009
28 July 2009

The year 2008 will always be remembered as auspicious in our history. The successful merger between the Baker Heart Research Institute and the International Diabetes Institute marked the beginning of a new era of collaboration and innovation with the establishment of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in July last year.

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Perspectives Volume 1 - Obesity
20 May 2009

This edition of the Baker IDI perspectives includes the topics; "We are getting fatter as a nation", "It is indisputable we need to eat less and exercise more" and "McDonald's the internationally powerful and phenomenally successful fast-food chain".

Research Update 2008
Research Update 2008
27 November 2008

New research initiatives planned for Baker IDI will change the face of diabetes and heart disease research and management. These new projects will allow our dedicated staff to push back the boundaries of knowledge in their fields, and provide support to research at every level. State-of-the-art facilities we are establishing include: Metabolomics, DNA Blood Profiling, Clinical Metabolism (Healthy Lifestyle Research Centre), Medicinal Chemistry, The Centre for Indigenous Vascular and Diabetes Research (Baker IDI @ Alice)

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Australia's Future Fat Bomb
20 June 2008

A report on the long-term consequences of Australia’s expanding waistline on cardiovascular disease.