Prof Forbes completed her PhD in Paediatric Nephrology in 1999 at the University of Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She worked both at the Dept of Medicine at the Austin Hospital and then at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute as a Group Leader. In 2012, she became a Professorial Fellow at the Mater Research Institute-UQ in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and holds research grants from the NHMRC of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, NIH and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She is a regular member of NHMRC grant review panels, NHMRC Academy and grant review panels for the JDRF International. She is council member of the Australian Diabetes Society and the new co-chair of research for the Diabetes Australia Research Trust. Her work to date has resulted in more than 140 publications in highly ranked journals which have been cited > 5000 times (H-index of 40). Her primary research focuses on the biochemical process of advanced glycation, mitochondrial energy production and their contribution to diabetes and nephropathy. She has received numerous awards for her research including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Medical Research.