Prof Forbes completed her PhD in Paediatric Nephrology in 2000 at the University of Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She then continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow in diabetes and kidney disease at both Austin Health and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Currently she is a Professorial Research Fellow at Mater Research Institute-UQ in Brisbane, Australia where she also leads the Chronic Disease Biology and Care Program. She holds/has received research grants from NH&MRC of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, NIH/NIDDK and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She is board member of the Australian Diabetes Society, the outgoing co-chair of the Diabetes Australia Research Program and an elected fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Science.
Her work to date has resulted in more than 150 publications in highly ranked journals which have been cited > 9000 times. Her primary research focuses on the pathological mechanisms that contribute to diabetes and its complications including advanced glycation and mitochondrial energy production. This is with a view to designing and translating therapies to combat these diseases. She has received numerous awards for her research including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Medical Research in Australia and the TJ Neale Award from ANZSN.