Professor Louise Maple-Brown
Senior Principal research fellow
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.
Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:
Principal Supervisor for PhD
Louise Maple-Brown is Head of Department of Endocrinology, Royal Darwin Hospital (Northern Territory, Australia) and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow with Menzies School of Health Research.
Louise leads a clinical research program within the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases division of Menzies, with a focus on diabetes and related conditions in Indigenous Australians.
Currently Louise is the lead investigator on several large NHMRC-funded projects, including the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership and the eGFR Study study (Accurate assessment and progression of kidney damage in Indigenous Australians).
After completing the majority of her physician and endocrinology training at St Vincents Hospital Sydney, Louise moved to Darwin in 2002 to pursue her passion for improving the health of Indigenous Australians.
Louise is currently on the Australian Diabetes Society Council and was previously a member of the Council of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society. Louise has been providing clinical diabetes services to urban and remote NT communities for over 15 years, including more recently via telehealth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Charles Darwin University E-news | Issue 2 Monday, 01 April 2019
$6.57 million in extensive and exciting programs to tackle chronically high levels of Type 2 diabetes, and boost health and wellbeing through sport among Top End and Central Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
Among indigenous and nonindigenous women in Australia, the use of metformin in treating hyperglycemic conditions during pregnancy, does not lead to serious adverse events.
Ten years after the “Closing the Gap” targets were laid out, a health disaster is emerging.
Type 2 Diabetes is a particular concern as there is a global trend of increasing numbers of young people being diagnosed, there is limited data available in Australia but anecdotally numbers are rising rapidly amongst young Indigenous Australians.
Researchers are calling for immediate action to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes in Indigenous children and young people.
A renal roundtable convened by Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM in Darwin began charting the roadmap this week.
In conjunction with World Diabetes Day on 14 November, Menzies School of Health Research principal research fellow Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown reminded mothers and health professionals that women’s health is important, especially when complicated by diabetes.
Read about our HOT NORTH collaboration in the latest Territory Q Magazine.
New research, at Menzies within the NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project led by Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown will be funded by Diabetes Australia. Researches will investigate the barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers accessing optimal healthcare during pregnancy and may help to address the intergenerational cycle of diabetes.
Work will begin to help close critical gaps in healthcare across northern Australia as the result of a $6m grant awarded today to Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
Study reveals powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
NT joins global effort to combat diabetes effecting more and more mothers and babies around the world
One of Australia’s leading diabetes specialists has been awarded a research grant as part of a global effort to combat the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes.
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.
Menzies’ Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown was recently awarded a Practitioner Fellowship as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s latest multi-million dollar funding round.
To mark National Diabetes Week 2014 (13-19 July), one of Australia’s 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.
A new Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) study has backed the nation’s standard kidney function test for Indigenous Australians, deeming it accurate and valid.