Professor Maximilian de Courten

Director, Centre for Chronic Disease

What attracted me to come to Victoria University and to take up the leadership for the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management were a couple of things. Victoria University already has a large number of very qualified very dedicated researchers working on different aspects of chronic disease. So it’s a good background.


I would like the centre to have the reputation of being the place to go for learning more about preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The place to be where exciting research is happening on all areas of chronic disease prevention and control.


For me the world’s greatest issue in public health are chronic diseases. The recent statistics show also that the majority of new cases of chronic diseases are actually occurring in low and middle income countries. That means in those places who are the least equipped to deal with the new chronic and very costly problem coming towards them. So there, our research needs to contribute to find cost effective acceptable solutions which can be applied on a large scale.


So Victoria University is in a great position drawing on an actual community and actual residential area, learning with them, from them, to contribute to lessons which are then applicable to a much wider community, beyond the west, nationally in Australia and hopefully globally.

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