Non Communicable Disease Unit
Chronic disease is a serious and widespread threat to the health and wellbeing of people both in Australia and overseas. Most notably, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus are leading causes of disease burden and premature death. The Non-communicable Disease Unit combines existing world-class expertise and capabilities of Professor Brian Oldenburg and his team, addressing key gaps in the prevention and management of chronic disease. Particular areas of focus are:
- Collaborating with industry and other partners in Australia and internationally to develop and rigorously evaluate digital health programs for the prevention and management of chronic disease.
- Developing, implementing and evaluating ‘real world’ lifestyle and community-based interventions to improve the prevention and control of chronic disease in resource constrained settings and countries;
- Understanding the multiple determinants and complex pathways to the causation and outcome of chronic conditions, including co-morbid mental health conditions;
- Developing and evaluating contemporary approaches to build individual and institutional public health research capacity of developing countries.
Professor Brian Oldenburg, Unit Head
Dr Fabrizio D'Esposito, Research Fellow (Honorary)
Dr Mandy Cassimatis, Research Fellow, Project and Program Coordinator
Dr Nathan Grills, Research Fellow
Dr Nicholas Thomson, Senior Research Fellow
Nerida Joss, Research Fellow
Shaira Baptista, Research Assistant
Samantha Blades, Research Assistant
Tegan Daley, Research Assistant
Thanuja Pathirane, Trainee
Jillian Zemanek, Research Assistant
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, India
NHMRC partnership grant: 'Improving the health of people with type 2 diabetes using ICT'
NHMRC project grant: 'Depression, anxiety amd outcomes following a heart attack: How are they related?'
NHMRC project grant: 'Evaluating a group diabetes prevention program for high risk individuals in Kerala, India'
International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF): The University of Melbourne 'ENCORE program'
- WorkHealth Improvement Networks Evaluation and Monitoring Framework
- Excellence in NonCOmmunicable disease REsearch (ENCORE) between Australian and India
- The Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program (KDPP)
- AOD Hotspots Project
- The ADVENT Study
- ASCEND Research Network Program
- Improving the Health of People With Type 2 Diabetes Using New Technologies to Optimise Self Management
Faculty Research Themes
School Research Themes
For further information about this research, please contact Professor Brian Oldenburg