October 29, 2019  Print

On Thursday 21 November, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) will host a public seminar on diabetes and obesity research.

WIMR’s Meet the Researcher Seminar Series gives you a chance to connect with leading scientists and clinicians, who are researching some of the biggest health issues affecting Australians, and people around the world.

Our next seminar, held on Thursday 21 November, will focus on diabetes and obesity.

Diabetes and obesity pose a serious threat to Australia’s health. Rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing Australia-wide. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, and hearing and vision impairment.

One in three Australian adults are obese. Obesity can contribute to health issues, such as high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, heart disease and more.

Our speakers will discuss what diabetes and obesity are and how the conditions affect your health, research developments for a ‘cure’ for type 1 diabetes, and ground-breaking surgical techniques that are used to manage obesity.


• Professor Jenny Gunton - Professor Gunton is a clinical endocrinologist and diabetologist, and a researcher. She is the Director of WIMR’s Centre for Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology Research, a Professor of Medicine at Westmead Clinical School, and Chair of Medicine at Westmead Hospital.

• Professor Wayne Hawthorne - Professor Hawthorne is Leader of the Preclinical Studies of Islet Transplantation Group, and a Professor of Transplantation and Surgery at Westmead Clinical School.

• Dr Ramy Bishay - Dr Bishay leads Blacktown Hospital’s Metabolic and Weight Loss Clinic. He is also a staff specialist endocrinologist.'

Anyone is welcome to attend the event, and we encourage you to send this invitation to anyone who may be interested. The event is free to attend, but registration is essential. Please register by Thursday 14 November.