Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown

Principal research fellow

Qualifications:

PhD, University of New South Wales, 2006; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney, 1996; Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2003.

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Following completion of the majority of her physician training in endocrinology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Louise Maple-Brown moved to Darwin in 2002 to commence her PhD at the Menzies School of Health Research. Her doctoral work involved assessment of the impact of type 2 diabetes and components of the metabolic syndrome on cardiovascular disease in remote and urban Indigenous Australians. Following completion of her PhD in August 2005, Louise has had two career breaks for maternity leave and subsequently commenced working as a post-doctoral fellow at Menzies.

Louise has led the clinical research group within the Preventable Chronic Diseases Division of Menzies since 2006. Louise is the lead investigator on several large National Health and Medical Research Council funded projects, including the eGFR Study (Accurate assessment and progression of kidney damage in Indigenous Australians)  and the Northern Territory Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership, recently awarded funds from the Global Alliance of Chronic Diseases to expand within the Northern Territory and to Far North Queensland. Louise was also the primary supervisor of Dr Jaqui Hughes’ PhD (awarded 2013). Louise currently supervises three postdoctoral research fellows, three PhD students, three masters students and several hospital doctor projects.

Louise has concurrently been a part-time endocrinologist at Royal Darwin Hospital since 2004 and maintains strong clinical links with Aboriginal Medical Services in Darwin and the Top End, recently setting up a weekly telehealth clinic. Louise has held the position of head of department of endocrinology at Royal Darwin Hospital since January 2012.

Previously a member of the Council of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society, Louise is currently on the Australian Diabetes Society Council.

Research Themes
  1. Maple-Brown, L., Hughes, J., Chatfield, M., Ward, L.C., Piers, L.S., Jones, G.D., et al. (2015). Adding measures of body composition to the CKD-EPI GFR estimating equation in Indigenous Australians: the eGFR study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 65(4): 632-4.
  2. Edwards, L., Connors, C., Whitbread, C., Brown, A., Oats, J., & Maple-Brown, L. (2014). Improving health service delivery for women with diabetes in pregnancy in remote Australia: survey of care in the Northern Territory diabetes in pregnancy partnership. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 54(6): 534-40. 
  3. Maple-Brown, L., Hughes, J.T., Lu, Z.X., Jeyaraman, K., Lawton, P., Jones, G.R.D., et al. (2014). Serum vitamin D levels, diabetes and cardio-metabolic risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome, 6: 78.
  4. Maple-Brown, L.J., Ekinci, E.I., Hughes, J.T., Chatfield, M., Lawton, P.D., Jones, G.R.D., et al. (2014). Performance of formulas for estimating glomerular filtration rate in Indigenous Australians with and without type 2 diabetes: the eGFR study.  Diabetic Medicine, 31(7): 829-38.
  5. Maple-Brown, L.J., Brimblecombe, J., Connelly, P.W., Harris, S.B., Mamakeesick, M., Zinman, B., et al. (2013). Similarities and differences in cardiometabolic risk factors among remote Aboriginal Australian and Canadian cohorts. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 100: 133-141.
  6. Maple-Brown, L.J., Ye, C., Hanley, A.J., Connelly, P.W., Sermer, M., Zinman, B., et al. (2012). Maternal pre-gravid weight is the primary determinant of serum leptin and its metabolic associations in pregnancy, irrespective of gestational glucose tolerance status. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 97(11): 4148-55.
  7. Maple-Brown, L.J., Hughes, J.T., Lawton, P.D., Jones, G.R., Ellis, A.G., Drabsch, K., et al. (2012). Accurate Assessment of Kidney Function in Indigenous Australians: the eGFR Study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 60(4): 680-682.
  8. Maple-Brown, L., Sinha, A.K., & Davies, E.A. (2010). Type 2 diabetes in Indigenous Australian children and adolescents. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46(9): 487-90.
  9. Maple-Brown, L., Cunningham, J., Barry, R.E., Leysley, L., O’Rourke, M.F., Celermajer, D.S., et al. (2009). Impact of dyslipidaemia on arterial structure and function in urban Indigenous Australians. Atherosclerosis, 202(1): 248-54.
  10. Maple-Brown, L., Cunningham, J., Dunne, K., Whitbread, C., Howard, D., Weeramanthri, T., et al. (2008). Complications of diabetes in urban Indigenous Australians: the DRUID study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 80: 455-462. 
Click here to view more Louise Maple-Brown publications in PubMed.
  1. Powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

    Powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

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    Study reveals powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

  2. NT joins global effort to combat diabetes effecting more and more mothers and babies around the world

    NT joins global effort to combat diabetes effecting more and more mothers and babies around the world

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    One of Australiaís leading diabetes specialists has been awarded a research grant as part of a global effort to combat the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes.

  3. TerritoryQ: Dedicated Life, Assoc Prof Louise Maple-Brown

    TerritoryQ: Dedicated Life, Assoc Prof Louise Maple-Brown

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    A/Prof Louise Maple-Brown is dedicating her life to a grim epidemic - diabetes among Indigenous people. She particularly focuses on diabetes in pregnant women.

  4. NHMRC fellowship snapshot: Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown

    NHMRC fellowship snapshot: Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown

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    Menziesí Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown was recently awarded a Practitioner Fellowship as part of the National Health and Medical Research Councilís latest multi-million dollar funding round.

  5. Specialists calls for greater focus on diabetes in pregnancy this National Diabetes Week

    Specialists calls for greater focus on diabetes in pregnancy this National Diabetes Week

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    To mark National Diabetes Week 2014 (13-19 July), one of Australiaís leading diabetes specialists has called for greater awareness about the importance of early screening for high-risk women in order to diagnose type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.

  6. Research looks to improve diabetes in pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies

    Research looks to improve diabetes in pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies

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    One of Australia's leading diabetes specialists will present preliminary findings of a study into the rates and outcomes of diabetes in pregnancy in the Northern Territory, including the high-risk Indigenous Australian population, as part of an upcoming conference.

  7. Research endorses national standard for assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians

    Research endorses national standard for assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians

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    A new Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) study has backed the nationís standard kidney function test for Indigenous Australians, deeming it accurate and valid.