A/PROF Matt Sabin

A/PROF Matt Sabin

Positions

  • Investigation of factors that govern the development of obesity and consequent Type 2 diabetes in susceptible children and adolescents (Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes)

Overview

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  • Dr Matt Sabin trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London (UK) and undertook general paediatric training in England, before completing higher specialist training in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes in Melbourne, Australia. He is as a Consultant in the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Monash University. His PhD investigated the links between childhood obesity and early Type 2 diabetes, and he has built his current research program from this platform.

    He is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert in the clinical management of overweight and obese children, and is a current recipient of an NHMRC Postdoctoral Training Fellowship for his work in this area. He is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK, and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

    Current clinical research endeavours involve the collection of comprehensive data from overweight and obese children allowing further investigation into the role of genetics vs. environment in the development of obesity-related disease. Laboratory research focuses on investigations into the role that early nutrition plays in altering susceptibility to later obesity and diabetes, as well as probing ways in which processes underlying these relationships can be altered by growth factors and modulators of inflammation.
       

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG). Member 2008 -
  • Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Diabetes Society (ADS). Member 2008 -
  • International Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD). Member 2008 -
  • Royal Society of Victoria. Member 2008 -
  • Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Member 2002 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • 1. National Health & Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Training Fellowship. AU$210,019. “Improving the care of obese youth to minimise long-term burden of disease”. Jan 2011.

    2. Cell Biology, Development and Disease Theme Funding, Murdoch Childrens Research institute. AU$25,000. The Childhood Overweight BioRepository of Australia 2012.

    3. Cell Biology, Development and Disease Theme Funding, Murdoch Childrens Research institute. AU$19,964. The Childhood Overweight BioRepository of Australia 2011.

    4. NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (General Practice Division). AU$640,000. ‘Better outcomes for obese children in General Practice: Randomised Controlled Trial of a new shared-care Model vs. usual care’. Associate Investigator status. Oct 2007. This is a novel RCT that will examine, over 3 years, how childhood obesity may be effectively managed by a shared model that incorporates both primary care and tertiary weight management attendances.

    5. NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (General Practice Division). AU$434,450. ‘Improving the assessment, management and treatment of childhood obesity in General Practice in Australia. Associate Investigator status. Oct 2007. This study is being run from the Centre for Obesity Research and Excellence at Monash University.

    6. Australian Diabetes Society - Servier National Diabetes Strategy Grant in Memory of Barry Young. AU$21,000. ‘Addressing Type 2 diabetes in the childhood and adolescent population in Australia: Phase 1 – Identification of children/adolescents with established Type 2 diabetes’. Oct 2007. This study is examining the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in youth in Victoria.

    7. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Cross-theme Funding AU$160,000. To establish the M-POWR (Multidisciplinary Paediatric Obesity and W

       

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Bristol 2007
  • MBBS (Hons), United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals 1995
  • BSc (Hons), University of London 1992

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2009
  • Awarded 1 of 10 places at a Nobel conference on Systems Biology and Child Health. Proceedings published in Nature Medicine, Spetmber 2008, Nobel Assembly and the Karolinska Institute, 2008
  • European Fellow of the Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education, International Association for the Study of Obesity, 2007
  • 2006 Trainees research Award for Best Oral Presentation - $1000 Conference Travel Award, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, 2006
  • International Association for the Study of Obesity New Investigtor Award Finalist - Short listed to final 5, International Association for the Study of Obesity, 2006
  • $300,000 to assist in the development of leading obesity services at RCH, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Scholarship, 2006
  • Bursary & conference funding, Novartis Foundation Award, 2006
  • BUPA Foundation Clinical Excellence Award (Team Award), Royal Children's Hopsital, Bristol, 2006
  • Best Practice Award, Association for the Study of Obesity, 2005
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowship, Diabetes UK, 2003
  • Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2000

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Supervises clinical trainees in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes, as well as basic science graduates undertaking higher degrees in the area of obesity-related science.