Associate Professor Dianna Magliano

Associate Professor Dianna Magliano completed her Bachelors degree and her PhD at the RMIT University and her Masters of Public Health degree at Monash University. At Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, she heads the Diabetes and Population Health Unit, a group focusing on epidemiology of diabetes and obesity. She also holds an appointment at Monash University where she coordinators the Master of Public Program, in particular is the coordinator of Introduction to Epidemiology. Her research involves examining the association between diabetes and other risk factors using large datasets. With NHMRC project grant funding, she established the ANZ Diabetes and Cancer Collaboration (ANZDCC) dataset which is a collaboration of 18 Australian cohort studies with the aim to examine the relationship between diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and hypertension. As a part of this broader area, she also works on the other large datasets such as the National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS). She is also interested in understanding the trends of diabetes incidence worldwide and is currently embarking on a large collaboration with CDC to under diabetes trends. Work on large datasets led to international status attested by invitations to the Diabetes and Cancer consortium, Lancet Endocrinology Advisory panel, an editor role at Diabetes Research and Clinical practice and the presidency of the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group. Another key research focus of A/Prof Magliano is studying the relationship between environmental toxicants such as plastic pollutants and persistent organic pollutants and chronic disease. Dianna has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several book chapters. She is the Chair of the Gender equity committee at Baker Institute and in 2017 she was awarded Michaela Modan prize for the best epidemiology abstract at the American Diabetes Association conference.