Professor Stephen Rattigan
Phone:
(03) 6226 2671
Private Bag:
23, Hobart TAS 7000
Position:
Deputy Director/Professorial Research Fellow
Roles:
Management Team, Senior Member
Fax:
(03) 6226 7704
Research Interests:
Obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes are major health problems for Australia and are likely to increase in the 21st century. One of the common features of these conditions is insulin resistance in skeletal muscle. Professor Rattigan's research has focussed on the factors that regulate glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle and have led to the important finding that blood flow regulation within muscle is critical to the normal responses to insulin. Impairment of normal blood flow distribution within muscle can lead to insulin resistance and it is his current hypothesis that such defects are the early events associated with obesity and hypertension that contribute to type 2 diabetes.
* Denotes Menzies Researcher