"Professor Merlin Thomas is a clinician scientist working at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He works extensively with patients with diabetes and their doctors, as well as performing research in experimental models of diabetic complications. His work aims to identify new targets and advance new treatments to prevent, reverse and retard the development and progression of diabetic complications. He has written over two hundred papers, book chapters and books on diabetes management. His work on diabetic complications has received both local and international recognition including the Victorian Premier’s Award for Medical Research. Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally renowned medical research facility. Their work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Institute’s mission is to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease and diabetes; two highly prevalent and complex diseases that together are responsible for the most deaths and the highest health costs in the world."