This week there is a big focus on diabetes and dementia across the precinct. At the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, researchers examined Fitbit data from before and during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown and noticed a concerning drop in physical activity among people with type 2 diabetes.
At Monash University’s Central Clinical School, researchers have published a landmark study into predictors of dementia as well as a review of studies linking dementia with diabetes to identify what more needs to be done to understand the pathways connecting the two conditions.
Monash University – Central Clinical School
Study of more than 16,800 older Australians and Americans reveals slowing of gait and cognitive decline together is a predictor of dementia
A landmark study of more than 16,800 older people has found that a decline in both walking speed and cognition is a strong predictor of future dementia.
Diabetes and dementia: exploring the links
Studies have linked type 2 diabetes with dementia in later life for some years but the connection between the two conditions, causal or otherwise, is still to be clarified.
Monash Department of Diabetes shines in research awards
Congratulations to the Department of Diabetes’ Professor Karin Jandeleit-Dahm, Dr Muthukumar Mohan and Dr Carlos Rosado who have each been awarded funds under the 2022 Diabetes Australia Research Program (DARP).
Neuroscience researchers support Brain Cancer Awareness month
This month is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, a time of the year for raising awareness of brain cancer or tumours and the need for greater research to discover safe and effective new treatments.
Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
In Roe v Wade’s shadow, there’s an urgent need to tackle abortion stigma in Australia
In an exploratory interview study about the timely topic of abortion, Australian women and pregnancy-capable people spoke about their recent experiences seeking abortion care.
MRFF funding to advance research into blood cancer and neurological conditions in children
The Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has invested close to $8 million to advance neurological and cancer research led by Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
The simple heart health study that likely saved Brian Langskaill’s life – 3AW
With no symptoms or issues bothering him, Brian Langskaill didn’t have any reason to suspect a problem. Even his GP was comfortable with where his health was at. But Brian, a 66-year-old truck driver from Lara, figured he may as well take part in a heart health study from the Baker Institute.
Pandemic sees dangerous drop in incidental exercise for people with type 2 diabetes
A Melbourne study has examined hundreds of days of Fitbit data from before and during the pandemic to show restrictions had a serious impact on the physical activity levels of working adults with type 2 diabetes.
National Reconciliation Week
We’re pleased to mark National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) with a special talk for our staff, and those across the Alfred Research Alliance precinct.