A high-profile clinical and nutrition researcher for more than 20 years, Peter joined Baker IDI in July 2009. While he was at CSIRO, he co-authored The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet books. His primary research interest is the use of diet in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors: obesity and diabetes. Peter has a clinical practice specialising in lipid management at the Flinders Medical Centre, and in diabetes and cardiovascular disease at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has written articles for newspapers and medical magazines, discussion papers for food companies and books for the public. He is on the editorial board of four journals, a reviewer for 20 others and a reviewer for grant bodies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Austria. He is Professor of Nutrition at the University of South Australia.
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally renowned medical research facility working on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardio-vascular disease. The main laboratory facilities in Melbourne are complemented by a national network that includes a research facility in Alice Springs dedicated to Indigenous health and a research node in South Australia focused on community interventions and nutrition. The main areas of research are: population studies and profiling; human physiology and behavioural science; metabolism; diabetic complications; vascular biology and hypertension; and cardiology and therapeutics. The Institute also runs a multidisciplinary, evidence-based diabetes clinic, diabetes education services, and a world-class Healthy Hearts Clinic that provides cardiovascular disease risk assessments. In addition, Baker IDI trains health professionals and collaborates on international research projects into heart disease and diabetes. In line with Baker IDI's commitment to translating its research findings into better health, the Institute has established a Healthy Lifestyle Research Centre, which examines the role of nutrition, physical exercise, genetic and environmental factors in disease. For more information, visit bakeridi.edu.au or follow the Institute on Facebook or Twitter.