Scott Summers

  • Address
    75 Commercial Rd
    Melbourne, VIC 3004


Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Professor Summers’ laboratory at the Baker IDI studies the relationship between the accumulation of ectopic fats during obesity or inflammation with the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In particular, his group made the observation in 2007 that a particular derivative of fat, termed ceramide, is one of the more toxic metabolites which accumulates in mammals predisposed to metabolic disease. His current efforts are directed at assessing the therapeutic potential of modulating levels of ceramides in the treatment of diabetes and heart disease and elucidating the molecular networks controlling ceramide production and action