Mark E. Cooper, MB BS, PhD, FRACP, FAHA, FASN is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute as well as the Director of the JDRF Centre for Diabetes Complications at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute. He is Head of the Diabetes Division which encompasses not only diabetic complications but also laboratories studying metabolism and epigenetics.
He holds honorary appointments as a Professor of Medicine at both Monash University and University of Melbourne. He is a trained endocrinologist with an appointment at the co-located Alfred Hospital. Dr Cooper studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and then completed his physicians training at the Austin Hospital as well as his PhD under Dr George Jerums and Professor Austin Doyle in the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Hospital.
Dr Cooper has successfully competed for a large number of peer reviewed grants over the last 15 years from a range of organizations including not only JDRF but also the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Diabetes Australia and Kidney Health Australia. In 1999, Dr Cooper was awarded the Eric Susman prize from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for his research in the field of renal and vascular complications of diabetes. In 2005, he was awarded the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) Kellion Award for outstanding contribution to diabetes research in Australia.
In 1999, he was awarded a Centre Grant from JDRF which was subsequently renewed in 2003. He was recently awarded a five year scholars award by JDRF, one of only 2 awarded worldwide. He is the first non-North American to receive this highly prestigious award. This work has now been further supported by a 5 year Australia Fellowship awarded by NHMRC in 2009. Dr Cooper is currently Co-Chair of the JDRF Medical Science Review Committee (Complications Panel). He is regularly invited to international meetings and has over 400 peer reviewed publications.