The Centre for Food and Genomic Medicine (CFGM), based at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, is a world-class research facility set up primarily to tackle the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity, known as "diabesity".
The Centre, established with seed funding from the Government of Western Australia, brings together the biotechnology, agriculture and food technology sectors to investigate new ways of helping to beat these growing health conditions.
Key areas of research include:
- The creation of new foods with the power to reduce appetite (particularly the lupin grain crop)
- The identification of novel biomarkers of diabesity
- Identification of genes linked to obesity and metabolism changes
The Centre aims to open the door to new diagnostic and prognostic tests, as well as alternative food additives that are healthy, novel, effective and affordable.