Professor Gary Wittert obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa. He trained as an endocrinologist in Christchurch New Zealand and subsequently received postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Oregon Health Sciences University.
He joined the University of Adelaide in 1994, received a Personal Chair in 2004 and is currently Head of the Discipline of Medicine, and Senior Consultant Endocrinologist Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is Director of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health Research, and a founding member of the Centre of Research Excellence in Nutritional Physiology. He heads the Centre for Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Diseases within the Nutrition Theme at the South Australian Institute for Health and Medical Research.
His research, focused on obesity, involves basic, clinical and population health approaches. He initiated and oversees the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS), the Male, Adelaide, Inflammation, Lifestyle and Stress (MAILES) Study, and leads a large multi-center diabetes prevention trial in men (T4DM). His basic research is currently focused on peripheral mechanisms of appetite regulation and intermediary metabolism. Among other appointments Professor Wittert is currently Independent Chair of the Weight Management Council of Australia, and founding Editor in Chief of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. He has authored over 250 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is currently funded by the NH&MRC and ARC.