Professor Peter Colman
19 November 2015
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An Australian doctor who has dedicated a lifetime of work to diabetes research has been honoured by Diabetes Australia.

After three decades of exceptional research and clinical practice, Professor Peter Colman, Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, is the 2015 recipient of the Diabetes Australia – Outstanding Achievement Award for Diabetes Research.

Presented at the Research Australia Annual Awards Dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 November 2015, the award recognises Professor Colman’s outstanding contribution and leadership in diabetes related research over a long period of time.

Professor Colman said he was honoured to be nominated by his peers for the Outstanding Achievement Award for Diabetes Research.

“Diabetes research and care has been my passion for my whole career,” Professor Colman said.

“Every day we are getting closer to better understanding the cause of type 1 diabetes and are well advanced in clinical trials looking at type 1 diabetes prediction and prevention across Australia.”

Professor Colman has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has completed a number of pivotal Australian pre-diabetes studies – the Melbourne Pre-diabetes Study and the Australian BabyDiab study. He directs a large clinical research unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital performing many diabetes treatment and complications trials and is a Principal Investigator on the International Group TrialNet which aims to prevent type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes Australia Chief Executive, Associate Professor Greg Johnson, said the award was a fantastic acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution Professor Colman has made to diabetes research worldwide and for his diabetes leadership.

“Throughout his career, Peter has strived for excellence and has led the way in research and clinical trials for type 1 diabetes that has enhanced knowledge and care both nationally and internationally,” Associate Professor Johnson said.

“Peter’s efforts to engage the community and to improve care for people with diabetes have been tireless. He is an exceptional, caring and humble role model for clinical researchers and a very deserving winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research Award.”

The award is valued at $50,000 and for the next 12-months Professor Colman will act as an ambassador for diabetes research across Australia.

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