A/PROF Elif Ekinci

A/PROF Elif Ekinci




    • Associate Professor Ekinci (MBBS FRACP PhD) is a clinician researcher and is the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Principal Research Fellow in Metabolic Medicine The University of Melbourne. Her research focus is diabetes and its complications, aiming to significantly improve clinical practice and health outcomes. Her research streams include the following:
      (i) effects of diabetes on kidney function
      (ii) effects of dietary sodium intake in people with diabetes
      (iii) improving the management of diabetes in the inpatient setting
      (iv) improving the management of diabetes for Indigenous Australians living in remote and rural communities
      (v) effects of pre-existing diabetes on pregnancy
      She is also the Director of Diabetes at Austin Health where she co-ordinates the clinical care of inpatients and outpatients with diabetes. She heads Diabetes and Obesity clinical trials at Austin Health and The University of Melbourne where she is Chief Investigator in numerous clinical trials. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research and Consultant Physician and a Research Fellow at BakerIDI. Dr Ekinci has 92 publications including in the following journals: Diabetes Care, Diabetes, Diabetologia, Clinical Science, Diabetic Medicine, AJKD, Kidney International, MJA, Critical Care Medicine. She has co-authored more than 120 abstracts at various national and international meetings. She supervises PhD students and MDRP students at the University of Melbourne and is also responsible for mentoring endocrinologists, endocrine registrars, residents, interns, medical students and  clinical trials staff. She has obtained a total of over $4 million of research funding along with her colleagues, including NHMRC Scholarship NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, NHMRC Project grant, funding from Diabetes Australia Research Program, Royal Australasian College of Physicians JDRF Fellowship, Stroke Foundation, Australi   


    Member of

    • Australian Diabetes Society. Member 2013 -
    • American Diabetes Association USA. Member 2012 -
    • Endocrine Society of Australia. Member 2011 -
    • Australian Medical Association. Member 2009 -
    • Royal Australian College of Physicians. Member 2009 -


    Selected publications


    Investigator on

    Additional Grant Information

    •  2017: NHMRC: Post-stroke hyperglycaemia – treatment with Exenatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS) trial, APP1126070, CIA: Professor Christopher Bladin, CIB: Professor Ngai Cheung, CIC: Professor Helen Dewey, CID: Professor Leonid Churilov, CIE: Professor Sandy Middleton, CIF: Professor Vincent Thijs, CIG: Doctor Elif Ekinci $1,266,149.00. 2016: DART (Diabetes Australia Research Trust) General Grant. “Can we improve the measurement of renal function in patients with diabetes?”  2016: University of Melbourne, Indigenous Seed Funding. “Improving the care of Indigenous Australians with diabetes in rural communities”  2016: JDRF Travel Grant  2016: CASS Travel Grant  2016: ADS-Servier Diabetes Research Grant Diabetic Kidney and Vascular Disease: Evaluating Novel Biomarkers in Type 2 Diabetes: Richard J MacIsaac & Elif I Ekinci, University of Melbourne  2015: The University of Melbourne, Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme 2016 Evaluating Hyperfiltration in Diabetic Kidney Disease, CIA Elif Ekinci  2015: Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation 2015 Grant- “Effects of Salt loading on Sympathetic Nervous System Activity and Endothelial Function in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” CIA Elif Ekinci  2014: Takeda unrestricted research grant for the Diabetes Discovery Initiative CIA Elif Ekinci  2014: RACP JDRF Research Establishment Fellowship CIA Elif Ekinci  2014: Viertel Clinical Investigatorship: “Effects of Salt loading on Sympathetic Nervous System Activity and Endothelial Function in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”, CIA Elif Ekinci  2014: Austin Medical Research Foundation Project Grant: “Comparing Renal Function in Pregnancies with and without Diabetes”, CIA Elif Ekinci  2014: Shepherd Foundation “Biomarker trajectories in diabetes”. First Chief Investigator Prof Richard MacIsaac, Second Chief Investigator Dr Elif Ekinci  2013: DART (Diabetes Aust   


    Education and training

    • PhD, University of Melbourne 2011
    • MBBS, University of Melbourne 2000

    Awards and honors

    • CASS Travel Grant, 2017
    • JDRF Travel Grant, 2016
    • Winner of the Early Career Clinician Researcher Award - Medical Category, Victorian Clinician Researcher Network, 2016
    • ‘Best Practices in Diabetes Centres (BPDC) Symposium’ Certificate of Merit for Research and National influence for Austin Health, National Association of Diabetes Centres, 2015
    • The winner of the 2015 Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) Early Career Clinician Researcher Award – Medical category., 2015
    • Austin Health Bernie Sweet Clinical Research Fellowship Award, 2012
    • Ludwig Scholarship Institute for Cancer Research and Austin Life Sciences, 2012
    • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2009
    • Austin Hospital Medical Research Foundation, 2006



    Available for supervision

    • Y