Race to beat diabetes
UWA researchers, including Mt Claremont resident Markus Schlaich, are playing a vital role in investigating the role the sympathetic nervous system could play in combating diabetes.
Diabetes Research WA has been awarded new funding to find out how to use the body’s sympathetic nervous system to help reduce rates of diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Executive director Sherl Westlund said the group was excited to channel $80,000 into research by UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology Associate Professor Vance Matthews and Prof Schlaich from UWA.
Prof Schlaich is also Head of the Dobney Hypertension Centre at the Royal Perth Hospital Campus and the Neurovascular Hypertension and Kidney Disease Lab at Melbourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.
Ms Westlund said WA was home to some “incredible minds… racing to uncover new ways to be able to prevent the avalanche of type 2 diabetes cases predicted to be diagnosed in the coming years”.
Prof Schlaich, a renal physician and hypertension specialist, said investing in research was critical to address the rapidly increasing burden of diabetes.
Assoc Prof Matthews said the research had the potential to provide “a fresh approach to treating obesity and type 2 diabetes through improving blood sugar levels”.
Professor Markus Schlaich.