Endocrinology/Diabetes Trials Unit

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About Us

The Endocrinology department at Box Hill conducts clinical trials to look at new and better treatments for lowering blood sugars in people with diabetes.  Clinical trials are essential in the health care field, as all medical treatments that are available to us today are a direct result of this research.

Diabetes is a complicated disease.  Our bodies need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy, for our bodies to work correctly. Insulin is essential for this conversion to take place.  In people with diabetes, insulin is either not produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.  So when people with diabetes eat glucose, it isn’t converted into energy, instead it stays in the blood. This is why blood glucose levels are higher in people with diabetes.

Our team consists of diabetes specialists (endocrinologists), diabetes educators and dietitians.

Our research could not be conducted without the assistance of volunteers to participate in our research trials. If you would like to be involved, please contact us.


Our clinical research involves participants who have diabetes. Most volunteers find it a rewarding experience as they not only assist researchers in their endeavours to find new and improved treatments for diabetes and therefore future generations who have diabetes, but they also gain knowledge about their own health. Participants may also benefit from being involved in our trials, as they have their diabetes reviewed regularly by diabetes educators and diabetes specialists, as well as having the opportunity to discuss their diet with our dietitian

Participants must meet a specific criteria, which is different for every trial. Some of the criteria includes age, medical history, glucose control and diabetes treatment.

The requirements for studies vary, however some of the routine procedures are: blood donation, electrocardiograms (ECGs), physical examination checks done by medical trial staff, questionnaires and blood pressure measurements.

Participation is voluntary and individuals can withdraw at any time. All research projects are approved by a Human Research and Ethics Committee before commencing.

Participants are not paid for their involvement in the studies, however they are reimbursed for travel expenses associated with participating in studies.

Diabetes Research Newsletters

Available Studies

Contact Details

Ph:  61 3 9094 9509
Fax: 61 3 9899 9137
Email: diabetesresearch@easternhealth.org.au

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