Centre for Food and Genomic Medicine (CFGM)




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.

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CFGMDietary Benefits of the Humble Lupin

Lupins continue to be a hot topic in Western Australia and this was proved when a gardening segment on 720 ABC's afternoon show prompted a number of calls from listeners interested in lupin flour. Afternoon's host, Gillian O'Shaughnessy followed up by interviewing Dr Carolyn Williams, who explained the dietary benefits of the humble lupin.

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PizzaLupin Pizzas Healthy and Tasty

A Gidgegannup food outlet is leading the way in health and nutrition, by offering lupin flour bases for its pizzas.

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Lupin FlourBread of Life

New research has shown that bread lovers can lower their risk of heart disease significantly, just by using flour containing 40 per cent lupin beans in the place of conventional wholemeal flour.

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