Led clinical care and research nationally and is recognised internationally for its work.
Contributed to new knowledge about hypoglycaemia, particularly during sleep and with exercise, which has resulted in a reduction in the frequency of this complication and made the lives of children with diabetes safer.
Found that pump technology that suspends insulin delivery when blood glucose levels fall and are predicted to fall can halve the incidence of hypoglycaemia compared with traditional treatments.
Quantified the glucose requirements for different exercise intensities and different insulin levels, as well as the impact of hyperglycaemia on performance, which will inform guidelines to assist people with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely.
Developed new school-based interventions and guidelines for blood glucose management and exercise.
Determined precisely how much insulin is required for additional fat and protein in a meal using a novel insulin clamp technique.
Showed that children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are twice as likely to develop mental health conditions during early adulthood compared with their non‐diabetic peers.
Successfully advocated for children to have access to new technology such as continuous glucose monitoring.
Our future program involves:
Refining engineering hardware and software algorithms and conducting well-designed clinical trials of diabetes technology.
Developing more resources for schools to better support students with diabetes.
Looking closely at the relationship between the amount of carbohydrate and insulin required to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
Developing and trialling guidelines for people with type 1 diabetes on how to manage exercise and their blood glucose levels.
Further understanding the risk factors and determinants of type 1 diabetes through our epidemiological studies. This includes the Centre’s involvement with the national ENDIA study that involves recruiting pregnant women who either have type 1 diabetes or who have a partner with the condition to investigate the environmental determinants of the disease.
Working to better understand the link between stress, anxiety and blood glucose levels in young people.
Working to identify and trial interventions that improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families.
Continuing to promote positive school experiences for children and young people with type 1 diabetes and to gain a deeper understanding of school experiences and how these help or hinder psychosocial wellbeing.