Healthy Ageing research

Healthy Ageing

As advances in immunity, inflammatory heart disease and cancer allow us to live much longer, degenerative diseases become a major issue. 

This ranges from osteoporosis, causing 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over 50 to have a bone fracture because of a decline in quantity or quality of bone, to cancers, which lie dormant and then grow in bone, sometimes stimulated by changes in bone metabolism. Garvan’s researchers lead the world in predicting and understanding diseases of bone by genomics, cellular genomics, advanced imaging technologies, and patient epidemiology. 

Age-related degeneration of our nerves, brain and cells that control metabolism — leading to Parkinson’s disease, dementia, hearing loss, eye diseases and diabetes — remains one of the least well understood areas of medicine. These diseases appear to be influenced partly by our genes and proteins, and partly by inflammation and immunity reactions.  Garvan’s researchers are bringing together these different disciplines to identify explanations, new diagnostic tests and treatments for Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, autism, anorexia and deafness.

Research Laboratories and Groups

Beta Cell Regeneration Lab (Lab Head: Dr Daniel Hesselson)

Beta Cell Signalling Lab (Lab Head: Prof Trevor Biden)

Bone Biology Lab (Lab Head: Prof Peter Croucher)

Bone Therapeutics Lab (Lab Head: Prof Mike Rogers)

Clinical Diabetes, Appetite and Metabolism Lab (Lab Head: Prof Jerry Greenfield)

Clinical Obesity, Nutrition and Adipose Biology Lab (Lab Head: Prof Katherine Samaras)

Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Lab (Lab Head: Prof Jacqueline Center)

Eating Disorders Lab (Lab Head: Prof Herbert Herzog)

Insulin Signalling Lab (Lab Head: A/Prof Carsten Schmitz-Peiffer)

Islet Biology Lab (Lab Head: A/Prof Ross Laybutt)

Osteoporosis and Translational Research Lab (Lab Head: Prof John Eisman)

Parkinsons Disease and Neurodegeneration Lab (Lab Head: A/Prof Antony Cooper)

RNA Biology and Plasticity (Lab Head: Prof Katherine Samaras)

Skeletal Metabolism Lab (Lab Head: A/Prof Paul Baldock)

Neuroendocrinology Group (Group Leader: A/Prof Yanchuan Shi)


Know Your Bones 
  • Check your bone health using the self-assessment tool developed in partnership with Osteoporosis Australia.


Bone fracture risk calculator (for doctors)

  • This calculator is for use by GPs and health professionals only. 

Honorary Research Fellow