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Rebecca Simpson is a proud Kaurna and Narungga woman from the Adelaide plains and Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. Rebecca’s PhD candidature is with the Australian National University, John Curtin School of Medical Research. Alongside her doctoral pursuits, Rebecca actively contributes as a Research Associate at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and serves as an Adjunct Associate lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Thesis Title: “Early-onset type two diabetes in Indigenous Australians: A multi-omics cohort investigation”

Research on early-onset Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations is critical and overdue. Characterised by rapid disease progression, high morbidity and higher complications and mortality, this sub-phenotype requires more nuanced understandings of its development and progression. This doctoral program aims to integrate Indigenous knowledge systems within epidemiological and multi-omics methods, to analyse the inter-relationships between social, environmental, psychological, clinical, and multi-omics correlates of early-onset T2D in Indigenous populations.

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