Welcome from Centre Director

Associate Professor Elif EkinciI am delighted to welcome you to ACADI - The Australian Centre for Accelerating Diabetes Innovations Research Centre.

Globally, almost 500 million people live with diabetes with 51% more people expected by 2045. ACADI is uniquely positioned to improve the lives of millions of people in Australia and overseas, and to set Australia as a global leader in innovations for diabetes.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible team to drive change. Deputy Director of ACADI, and Head of the Melbourne Medical School, Professor John Prins, will support our translational research and training activities. Furthermore, our Priority and Platform Leads are world-class clinician researchers that have worked collaboratively for many years and will provide strong inclusive leadership for ACADI initiatives. Our research portfolio will be supported by our Advisory Groups including an Independent Scientific and Commercialisation Advisory, International Advisory, Indigenous Advisory and Consumer Advisory groups.

We are united in our passion to transform the lives of people with diabetes and committed to ensuring access and equity in healthcare services, innovative treatment, and novel interventions. We are focused on building sustainable capacity with the support and development of emerging leaders in the diabetes field. Our comprehensive training program, led by Associate Professor Sarah Glastras, will support multiple PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs). To ensure cultural diversity, we have specifically earmarked PhD stipends and ECR awards for Indigenous Australians.

We anticipate ACADI will deliver sustained outcomes including:

  • Increased human capital skilled in translational research, accessible to Australian industry and health services
  • Increased access to cutting-edge interventions for people with diabetes
  • New and enhanced partnerships between industry, academia and health services generating broader economic outcomes, including education and training exports
  • Improved experience, care, and safety for people with diabetes and increased effectiveness and efficiency of health service delivery

We are excited to lead this change in diabetes and its complications and we warmly welcome you to explore our ACADI initiatives and projects within this website.

Associate Professor Elif Ekinci
ACADI Centre Director

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