Baker IDI Annual Report 2014
Baker IDI Annual Report 2014
14 August 2015

In 2014, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute established a powerful new imaging suite to drive diabetes, heart and metabolic imaging research; five multidisciplinary research programs that underpin the Institute’s major scientific goals in cardiovascular and diabetes research; and new corporate and community partnerships to support better health.

Other highlights include: Discoveries to enhance treatment of heart failure and obesity; securing a $2.5m NHMRC-JDRF Diabetes Complications Centre of Research Excellence to find better treatments and methods to prevent type 1 diabetes; the expansion of Nucleus Network’s early-phase clinical trials facility; the development of a safer, more targeted clot-busting drug for stroke and heart attack patients; a licensing deal to commercialise a low-cost method for determining coronary artery disease risk; and the presentation of the inaugural Sir Laurence Muir Medal to recognise emerging leaders in heart and diabetes research.

Baker IDI Director, Professor Garry Jennings AO also announced his intention to step down from his position after 14 years at the helm. Following an extensive international search, Professor Thomas Marwick will take up the role of Institute Director from January 2016. Professor Marwick is Director, Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, prior to that, he was Head of the Cardiovascular Imaging, Heart and Vascular Institute and Imaging Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States.

You can read more about these developments in the Institute’s latest Annual Report.

Bittersweet Findings of Blood Glucose Levels in 467,955 Patients in Primary Care
Bittersweet Findings of Blood Glucose Levels in 467,955 Patients in Primary Care
21 July 2015

This report is a retrospective analysis of patient-based electronic medical records in primary care in Australia between 2005 and 2013. The main objective was to examine trends in blood glucose levels and the prescription of hypoglycaemic treatment. It provides current data on the pattern of surveillance of blood glucose monitoring and management of diabetes over 9 years, in turn offering important clinical and public health messages for health professionals and the general public.

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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.

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.