Dr Elizabeth Barr
Senior Research Fellow
PhD, Monash University, 2009; Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales, 2003; Graduate Diploma in Podiatry, La Trobe University, 1996; Bachelor of Podiatry, La Trobe University, 1993.
Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:
Elizabeth is Head of the Diabetes Epidemiology Group within the DIABETES across the LIFECOURSE: Northern Australian Partnership led by Professor Louise Maple-Brown, and is the Team Leader on the follow-up of the Pregnancy And Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) study. Elizabeth established and leads a national consortium of researchers, government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stakeholders to improve heart disease risk assessment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - the Cardiovascular Risk in Indigenous People (CRISP) study. Elizabeth is committed to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and has provided research leadership on diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and kidney disease.
Elizabeth’s PhD research program on the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab) at Monash University and Baker Institute highlighted the CVD and mortality risk of not only diabetes but also of intermediately elevated blood glucose. Findings placed hyperglycaemia on the national public health agenda, providing an important rationale for developing diabetes prevention programs across the country. Elizabeth’s PhD work also contributed to large international consortiums: The Emerging Risk Factor Collaboration, headed by a group at Cambridge University; and specifically as a means of validating the Globorisk international CVD risk score.