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Australian diabetes expert receives Australia Day honour

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.

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T1DCRN researcher Maria Craig receives prestigious Professorship

“You have been amazing and a blessing for my son since he was diagnosed seven years ago”.

“We are so blessed to have this amazing woman as our endocrinologist”.

“She’s been there since day one for us”.

These are just a few of the things Maria Craig’s patients and their families say about this popular endocrinologist. What her patients may not know is that Maria Craig is also one of Australia’s leading researchers in the field of type 1 diabetes, and in January was conferred with the title of Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology by the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. This highly esteemed title was awarded to Professor Craig in recognition of her leadership in cutting-edge clinical research that is unravelling the causes of type 1 diabetes, and investigating possible ways to prevent it.

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Professor Craig first developed an interest in type 1 diabetes research when she was a young medical student. “I volunteered for a children’s diabetes camp and have never looked back”, she said. She went on to complete her PhD in 2002, a Master of Medical Epidemiology in 2003, and is currently a paediatric endocrinologist specialising in type 1 diabetes at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead. Professor Craig says JDRF has been instrumental in helping to establish her research career, “not only funding, but support, and facilitating meetings which in turn have helped to foster vital collaborations and connections”. Read More