[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/256602]
Dr Ronnie Blazev
Prof D. George Stephenson
Brief description Type 2 diabetes (a progressive disorder often accompanied by obesity) is claimed to be the most common metabolic disease in the world and is predicted to affect 1.15 million Australians by the year 2010. Muscle contraction (in the form of physical exercise or exercise training) is now an essential component in the management of type 2 diabetes and-or obesity.This project has been planned from a perspective that combines theoretical and experimental expertise in the field of muscle cell contractility with a keen interest in the role of skeletal muscle in glucose homeostasis. Work carried out within the scope of this project will contribute new insights into the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes-obesity and new information on the cellular mechanisms involved in contraction-stimulated glucose transport by skeletal muscle. As part of this project we will develop single muscle cell-fibre preparations and appropriate protocols for monitoring cellular aspects of glucose transport in skeletal muscle. These preparations-protocols will have the potential to be used for testing anti-diabetic drugs directed towards intracellular targets. From an educational benefit point of view, the project will create the opportunity for 4-6 honours and 2-3 PhD students to acquire a rare and useful combination of skills and expertise in muscle cell biochemistry and physiology, while working on an issue of medical concern.
Funding Amount $AUD 284,625.00
Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants
Standard Project Grant