Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes
The Baker-Deakin DLD was established in February 2022 for an initial five-year term.
The Baker Institute is a not-for-profit medical research institute. It is one of Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary organisation tackling obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through research, education and patient care.
Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is one of the Faculty of Health’s research institutes. IPAN is focused on improving health and quality of life through nutrition and physical activity research excellence and building the next generation of research stars.
The Baker Institute and Deakin have a strong history of collaboration in public health research including formal research project agreements and numerous collaborations between academics. The establishment of the Baker-Deakin DLD builds on these existing collaborations to further enhance our strong relationship in physical activity, sedentary behaviour, nutrition and chronic disease management research.
The Baker-Deakin DLD is led by eminent researcher Professor David Dunstan, Department Head. Professor Dunstan’s research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (since 2018) and has published more than 340 peer-reviewed papers. His research program has attracted considerable external funding from the NHMRC, VicHealth, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, among others.
Under the guidance of Professor Dunstan, the Baker-Deakin DLD will bring together researchers and health practitioners to work together to further our understanding of effective lifestyle approaches for the prevention and management of diabetes.
Read more about Professor David Dunstan
David holds a joint appointment at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia with the positions of: Head – Baker-Deakin DLD; Chair, Lifestyle and Diabetes (Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin); and Deputy Director/Physical Activity Laboratory Head (Baker Institute).
David’s research interests span the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
His research focuses on understanding the adverse health consequences of too much sitting and the potential health benefits resulting from frequently breaking up sitting time. In particular, he has developed effective strategies to reduce and break up sitting time in adults with or at risk of developing chronic diseases and to support office workers to reduce sedentary behaviour in workplace settings. His current focus is directed at understanding how best to implement efficacious ‘sit less and move more’ interventions at scale within the healthcare setting for those living with chronic diseases and elucidating the effects of sedentary behaviour on brain health.
- Professor Dunstan has published more than 340 peer review papers and was a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, placing him in the top 1% of researchers globally.
- He is ranked second internationally for sedentary behaviour research (expertscape.com).
- Invited author on the 2016 Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association.
- Invited presentations at scientific meetings for the American Diabetes Association and European Society for the Study of Diabetes.
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Head, Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes
The Baker-Deakin DLD is led by the Department Head, Professor David Dunstan. Professor Dunstan concurrently holds the positions of Chair of Lifestyle and Diabetes within Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) and Deputy Director and Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Institute.
Supervisory Group, Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes
The Head, Baker-Deakin DLD reports to the Department Supervisory Group which comprises:
- Chief Executive Officer, Baker Institute – Professor Tom Marwick
- Head, Clinical Diabetes and Epidemiology, Baker Institute – Professor Jonathan Shaw
- Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, Deakin University – Professor Rachel Huxley
- Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University – Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon
Understanding the relationships between physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health outcomes at a population level.
Conducting controlled laboratory experiments to better understand how physical activity and sedentary behaviour influence biological pathways.
Investigating the extent to which changing physical activity and sedentary behaviour influences chronic disease prevention and management through real-world randomised controlled trials.
Translating the evidence around the health benefits of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour into best practice and evaluating effectiveness and policy implications.