Prof Shareen Forbes


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Lead Physician and Diabetologist Islet Transplant Programme Scotland

Professor of Diabetic Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Adjunct Professor, Edmonton Islet Transplant Programme, University of Alberta, Canada

Honorary Consultant Physician, NHS Lothian


  • Islet Transplantation

  • Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Clinics


  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Shareen Forbes graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and did specialist registrar training in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine in London. She has been a consultant at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh since 2006. She is lead physician and diabetologist for the islet transplant programme in Scotland. Shareen Forbes is actively involved in the education and management of subjects with Type 1 diabetes including the Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) programme and manages patients with Type 2 diabetes. She is a member of the Scottish Advisory Council of health care professionals and the Diabetes UK Clinical Studies Group aimed at examining strategies to prevent and treat Type 1 diabetes.


Shareen Forbes is actively involved in research and was awarded her PhD from Imperial College, London and a Diabetes UK Clinical Intermediate Fellowship studying diabetes and metabolism. Her research interests are in diabetes, islet transplantation, metabolism and obesity. Shareen Forbes was awarded a Visiting Fellowship to the world leading Edmonton Islet Transplantation Programme in 2014 and with Professor Peter Senior, Professor James Shapiro and colleagues in Edmonton helped develop a new assessment of islet graft function: the Beta-2 score. She collaborates widely with other clinicians and basic scientists including cell therapy experts at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and her research is focussed on improving outcomes in diabetes and islet transplantation.

University of Edinburgh Profile

Related Links:

Referral criteria for islet transplantation to Scotland-wide programme

Patient information sheets for islet transplantation

Management of islet transplant patient