Professor Josephine Forbes, Mater Research


Mitochondria are complex organelles which adapt to nutritional challenges, consuming 99% of inhaled oxygen to produce ATP.  The kidneys are significant energy consumers and rely on vast quantities of mitochondrially generated ATP for their normal function. In diabetes, both delivery of fuels for ATP production and mitochondrial function are compromised and are postulated to contribute to the development and progression of diabetic kidney and cardiovascular disease. In this presentation, mitochondrial dysfunction very early in the development of kidney disease is explored in preclinical models, novel therapeutic approaches and in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes.


Professor Josephine ForbesProfessor Josephine Forbes is a translational researcher performing bench to bedside studies on novel therapies to prevent diabetes and a major complication, kidney disease. Currently she is an NH&MRC Professorial Research Fellow at Mater Research Institute-The University of Qld where she also leads the Chronic and Complex Diseases Program.

Josephine is an Australian Diabetes Society director and ADS Annual Meeting Program chair, the previous chair of the Diabetes Australia Research Program and an editor for journals including Kidney International. She has also been a consultant for the JDRF as part of their professional advisory panel and the T1D clinical Research Network RoadMap, the National Diabetes Strategy Implementation Group as well as MRFF TTRA accelerator priority setting.

She has published >200 research articles with >12000 citations and three patents. She has received numerous prizes for her research including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

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