Professor Christopher Thomas is a physician and a scientist. His work links the complex disciplines of biochemistry and biology to the real needs of real people.
His research laboratory is situated at the JDRF/ Danielle Alberti Memorial Centre for the study of Diabetes Complications at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. Their work is focused on reducing the burden of diabetes and kidney disease in Australia. They explore the underlying mechanisms of how these two conditions damage key organs in the body, essentially leading to accelerated ageing. In particular, their work focuses on advanced glycation, inflammation, oxidative stress and obesity, the four main elements of ageing.
Dr Thomas has published over 150 articles in many of the worlds leading medical journals. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Australia, the Australian NHMRC, Kidney Health Australia and the National Heart Foundation also support the work of Dr Thomas.
Christopher is co-author of the book ‘Fast living, Slow ageing’ which provides an opportunity for the general public to get into the mind of a real scientist; to discover how things really work and how to make the most of our choices based on evidence and understanding. Dr Thomas has a unique knack for being able to make the most complex science seem common sense. Without avoiding the details, he has been able to fashion a logical and likable narrative, that everyone can follow.