Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute was established in 2008 in Australia, following a merger of the Baker Heart Research Institute and the International Diabetes Institute.
The merger provides a model for scientific research around the world. The new organisation combines the formidable strength of Baker research into cardiovascular disease and diabetic complications with the outstanding diabetes research, education and patient care of IDI.
This comes at a time when the problems of diabetes and obesity are widely acknowledged to be at epidemic proportions in Australia. Baker IDI will open new facilities to:
Develop methods for early detection of individuals at risk of the diabetic and cardiovascular
complications of obesity; house a new metabolic laboratory to develop and evaluate the most effective lifestyle intervention strategies; develop and evaluate the most effective drug therapies for obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease when lifestyle interventions fail; and continue the work of the unit at Alice Springs, which exists to reduce the appalling rates of premature mortality in Aboriginal communities, and the stark disparity between indigenous health and that of non-indigenous Australians.