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Prof. Paul Zimmet

Prof. Paul Zimmet  
International Diabetes Institute,
Caulfield, Australia
Current position
  Foundation Director of the International Diabetes Institute
Honorary Professor at Monash, Deakin and Victoria Universities, Melbourne, Australia
Honorary Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Epidemiology of Diabetes and Health Promotion for Noncommunicable Diseases
Scientific training
  Monash University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Prof J Bornstein), Melbourne, Australia
  Department of Medicine, Guys Hospital (Prof H Keen), London, UK
Professional Associations
1985 Member of the WHO Expert Committee on Diabetes
Member of the WHO Expert Panel on Chronic Diseases
Member of the inaugural WHO Global Scientific Advisory Committee for the INTERHEALTH Program
1994 Co-chairman of the WHO Expert Committee on the Prevention of Diabetes
2001 Co-chairman of the IDF Expert Consultation on IGT
2003 Co-chairman of the IDF Expert Consultation on Type 2 Diabetes in Children
present Co-chairman of the IDF Consensus Committees on the Metabolic Syndrome
Co-chairman of the IDF Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention of Diabetes
Co-chairman of the Consensus Committee on Sleep Disturbances and Type 2 Diabetes
Member, Australian Government Executive Committee for Type 2 diabetes Prevention
2008 Appointed to 1st Australian Government Prevention Task Force for Obesity, Alcohol and Tobacco
  Kelly West Medal from the ADA
  Eli Lilly Award of the IDF
  AM Cohen Award Lecture, EASD
1993 Order of Australia (AM)
1997 Inaugural Peter Bennett Diabetes Epidemiology Award
2001 Order of Australia (AO)
2002 ADA’s Harold Rifkin Award
2002 Honoris Causa Doctoris, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
2003 Kellion Award of the Australian Diabetes Society
David Curnow Award from the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists
2004 UNESCO/Hellmut Mehnert/ German Diabetes Union Award
2005 Banting Award Lecture, Diabetes UK
2006 Charles Best Oration, Toronto, Canada 
2007 Global Novartis Award for Long standing contributions in the field of diabetes
Publications (selection)
Co-editor of the widely used text on diabetes - International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus
Co-editor of The Epidemiology of Diabetes
His research in Australian, Pacific and Indian Ocean populations provided new insights into the genetic contribution of type 2 diabetes and the role of environmental and behavioural determinants.
These studies also brought to attention the global epidemic of diabetes. He led the team that carried out the first ever national diabetes and obesity study in Australia (AusDiab) in 2000, and its 5 year follow-up in 2005. He has published over 650 scientific papers, chapters and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and books.