Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Clinical research
  • Research ethics and governance

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Maximilian de Courten

Professor Maximilian de Courten is a medical and public health graduate with an expertise in chronic disease prevention (mental health issues included) with a focus on policy and evidenced-based large-scale solutions.

Professor de Courten provides consulting services to organisations devoted to the promotion of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace through the prevention of mental injury & illness. He is involved in the improvement and promotion of mental health through commercial health platforms.

Professor Maximillian de Courten is a Global Public Health expert who has studied and worked in several countries. He has more than 25 years’ experience in interventions including:

  • the identification of determinants of chronic diseases
  • management of clinical trials
  • development of community-based programs and international government programs
  • development of policies for chronic disease prevention and control.

Qualifications

  • MPH, University of Arizona, Tuscan, Arizona, USA, 1996
  • MD (thesis), University of Basel, Switzerland, 1991
  • Swiss Medical Diploma, Bern, Switzerland, 1990

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Naderpoor, N., Mousa, A., de, Courten., Scragg, R., Ranasinha, S., & de, Courten. (171001). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration is not associated with glomerular filtration rate in a predominantly obese otherwise healthy population. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 173 (253-257).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2016.09.019

2017 Mousa, A., Naderpoor, N., de, Courten., Scragg, R., & de, Courten. (171001). 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with adiposity and cardiometabolic risk factors in a predominantly vitamin D-deficient and overweight/obese but otherwise healthy cohort. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 173 (258-264).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2016.12.008

2016 Riddell, M. A., Dunbar, J. A., Absetz, P., Wolfe, R., Li, H., Brand, M., Aziz, Z., Oldenburg, B., Oldenburg, B., & Reddy, P. (160824). Cardiovascular risk outcome and program evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a community-based, lay peer led program for people with diabetes. BMC Public Health, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3538-3

2016 Zurzolo, G. A., Koplin, J. J., Ponsonby, A. L., McWilliam, V., Dharmage, S., Heine, R. G., Tang, M. LK., Prescott, S., Campbell, D. E., & Loh, R. (160801). Consensus of stakeholders on precautionary allergen labelling: A report from the Centre for Food and Allergy Research. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(8), (797-801).

doi: 10.1111/jpc.13202

2016 De, Courten., De, Courten., Soldatos, G., Dougherty, S. L., Straznicky, N., Schlaich, M., Sourris, K. C., Chand, V., Scheijen, J. LJM., & Kingwell, B. A. (160601). Diet low in advanced glycation end products increases insulin sensitivity in healthy overweight individuals: A double-blind, randomized, crossover trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103(6), (1426-1433).

doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.125427

2016 Zurzolo, G. A., De, Courten., Koplin, J., Mathai, M. L., & Allen, K. J. (160601). Is advising food allergic patients to avoid food with precautionary allergen labelling out of date?. Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 16(3), (272-277).

doi: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000262

2016 De, Courten., Jakubova, M., De, Courten., Kukurova, I. J., Vallova, S., Krumpolec, P., Valkovic, L., Kurdiova, T., Garzon, D., & Barbaresi, S. (160501). Effects of carnosine supplementation on glucose metabolism: Pilot clinical trial. Obesity, 24(5), (1027-1034).

doi: 10.1002/oby.21434

2016 Apostolopoulos, V., de, Courten., Stojanovska, L., Blatch, G. L., Tangalakis, K., & de, Courten. (160101). The complex immunological and inflammatory network of adipose tissue in obesity. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 60(1), (43-57).

doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201500272

2016 Hallam, K. T., Livesay, K., Morda, R., Sharples, J., Jones, A., & De, Courten. (160101). Do commencing nursing and paramedicine students differ in interprofessional learning and practice attitudes: Evaluating course, socio-demographic and individual personality effects. BMC Medical Education, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0605-5

2015 De, Courten., Kurdiova, T., De, Courten., Belan, V., Everaert, I., Vician, M., Teede, H., Gasperikova, D., Aldini, G., & Derave, W. (151006). Muscle carnosine is associated with cardiometabolic risk factors in Humans. PLoS ONE, 10(10),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138707

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Preventing a T1D Progression via a Tolerance Inducing Vaccine
From: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia
Investigators: Prof Vasso Apostolopoulos
For period: 2018-2020
Not disclosed

Reducing Hospital Acquired Malnutrition Through Early Identification of Deteriorating Nutritional Status and Application of a Decision Support Tool: A Proof of Concept Study.
From: HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation
Investigators: Dr Elizabeth Heslop
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Happy Feet: Evaluating mental health and wellbeing change associated with a workplace-based walking challenge (2015 Stepathlon).
From: Stepathlon lifestyle Pvt. Ltd
Investigators: Dr Jayantha Dassanayake, Dr Karen Hallam
For period: 2015-2017
Not disclosed

Schedule 5 - The Integration of oral health with chronic disease prevention: current status, future potential - Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Local Ltd Partnership Agreement
From: Medicare Local Grant - MRNWMML
Investigators: Dr Jannique Van uffelen
For period: 2014-2015
$140,475

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
5 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (5) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Feb 2014 - Jan 2018
Director
Centre for Chronic Disease, Victoria Univeristy
Jan 2010 - Feb 2014
Professor of Global Public Health
Copenhagen University, Denmark
Dec 2005 - Dec 2009
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Monash University, Melbourne
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2014 -
Jan 2018
Director
Centre for Chronic Disease, Victoria Univeristy
Jan 2010 -
Feb 2014
Professor of Global Public Health
Copenhagen University, Denmark
Dec 2005 -
Dec 2009
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Monash University, Melbourne

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004
Media Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases
World Health Organisation, South Pacific Office
Jul 2000 - Jan 2002
Co-ordinator of NCD Risk Factor Surveillance
World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004
Media Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases
World Health Organisation, South Pacific Office
Jul 2000 - Jan 2002
Co-ordinator of NCD Risk Factor Surveillance
World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland