Dr Rahul Barmanray wins Young Investigator Award

Endocrinologist Dr Rahul Barmanray has won the 2020 Australasian Diabetes Society President’s Clinical Young Investigator of the Year Award.

Announced at the Australasian Diabetes Congress 2020, held virtually this year due to COVID-19, Dr Barmanray was recognised for his PhD research into the implementation of networked blood glucose monitoring (NBGM) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital – the first Australian hospital to do so across all wards.

Under the supervision of RMH Head of Diabetes and Endocrinology Associate Professor Spiros Fourlanos, Dr Barmanray and colleagues explored relationships between the data taken from the NBGM system and adverse outcomes. They found that patients who had persistent hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) in hospital were more likely to have adverse consequences, such as in-hospital mortality, strokes, infections, and longer lengths-of-stay. Dr Barmanray says that the findings will help change the way clinicians view diabetes and hyperglycaemia.

Dr Barmanray is completing a PhD in the area of inpatient diabetes with the Department of Medicine and Radiology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is also a clinical skills coach with the RMH clinical school for the Doctor of Medicine Year 2 (MD2) students.