The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) celebrated its first birthday this month, along with 12 months of success.
A partnership between Deakin University and Diabetes Australia-Vic, ACBRD is Australia’s first research centre dedicated to the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes.
It is focused on improving the quality of life of all people affected by diabetes in Australia.
Achievements over the past 12 months include the launch of the Diabetes MILES Study, a national survey about what it is like to live with diabetes, and the Mind your Language! study, which looks at how people talk about diabetes and how the condition is portrayed in the media.
However, ACBRD Foundation Director, Professor Jane Speight, believes the biggest achievement has been the establishment of a highly experienced research team.
“It’s so good to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people working on this very important research," Professor Speight said.
The year ahead will be just as busy for the research centre.
In September, ACBRD will co-host the Symposium for Behavioural Research in Diabetes with the Australian Society for Psychological Research in Diabetes.
The team is also looking forward to the release of Diabetes MILES publications and the first set of results from the study in the coming months.