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JDRF is proud to congratulate Professor Mark Cooper, Head of Diabetes in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, who was awarded an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) on Australia Day this month.

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This award is the most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level.

Professor Mark Cooper was recognised for his distinguished service to biomedical research in the field of diabetes and its complications, to medical education and as a mentor of young scientists. Much of his work focuses on reducing the risk of diabetic complications. Complications of type 1 diabetes can be devastating and include nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy and cardiovascular disease.

Professor Cooper is no stranger to recognition, with a long history of awards including the recent Claude Bernard Award from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. He was the first Australian to receive this award, in recognition to his significant standing in the field of type 1 diabetes research. He has published over 450 scientific papers.

He currently leads the Joint National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and JDRF Diabetes Complications Centre of Research Excellence, and is lead on a Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) funded study where he will be investigating a novel drug to prevent progression of kidney damage.

Mr Mike Wilson, CEO and Managing Director of JDRF Australia says “Mark has been a leader of the diabetes community in Australia and globally for many years. His research and translation to clinical practice has been instrumental in improving outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes. JDRF and the type 1 diabetes community more broadly congratulate Mark on this well-deserved recognition”.

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