A/Prof Forbes completed her PhD in Nephrology in 1999 at Victorian Paediatric Renal Services, Royal Children’s Hospital (Paediatrics, University of Melbourne). In 2002, she became the Group Leader for the Glycation and Diabetes Complications Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute. She is currently an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and currently holds research grants from NHMRC, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and NIH (USA). She is a regular member of NHMRC review panels in addition to grant review panels for the JDRF international.
A/Prof Forbes’ work to date has resulted in more than 80 publications in highly ranked diabetes and related journals with excellent citation rates. Her primary research focuses on the biochemical process of advanced glycation and its contribution to diabetes and its vascular complications, in particular nephropathy. She has received awards for her research including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Medical Research in 2010, an NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked biomedical CDA Level 2 in 2009 and a Young Tall Poppy Award in 2008. A/Prof Forbes currently leads a team of 12 staff including three PhD students, in addition to being an Associate Professor in Immunology at Monash University, and a Principal Research Fellow in medicine at the University of Melbourne, Australia.