Dr Merlin Thomas MBChB, PhD, FRACP is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Diabetes at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas is both a physician and a research scientist. He has published over 300 articles in many of the world’s leading medical journals, as well as several books including The Longevity List and Understanding Type 2 Diabetes. He is internationally recognised as a speaker, opinion-leader, teacher and medical storyteller. His research focuses on discovering new ways to prevent and treat the complications of diabetes.