Addressing the changing health landscape
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally renowned medical research facility, with a history spanning more than 90 years. The Institute's work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The comprehensive range of research undertaken to target these deadly diseases, combined with the flexibility and innovation to respond to changing health and community needs, is unique and sets the Baker Institute apart from other health and research Institutes.
The Institute's mission is to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and related disorders; two prevalent and complex diseases responsible for the most deaths and the highest health costs in the world.
With Australia facing an ageing population and rapidly growing rates of chronic disease, our work has never been more important to Australian communities, as well as the global communities in which it operates.
The Institute is well positioned to address these challenges. The Institute's highly diverse team includes cardiologists, diabetes physicians, bench-top scientists, epidemiologists, dietitians, psychologists, nurse educators, renal specialists and physical activity experts. Together, they are working to translate laboratory findings into new approaches to prevention, treatment and care.
The Institute's main laboratory facilities are located on the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct in Melbourne, Victoria. The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute also has a research facility in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory dedicated to Indigenous health. In keeping with a global research agenda, the Institute maintains international partnerships and collaborations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, South Africa and the Pacific.