Leon Bach graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1982 in the field of medicine. After completing his residency, he was trained on endocrinology and was a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in this discipline. In 1991, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Melbourne for studies on the role of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system in diabetes-related kidney growth. Leon furthered his interest in the IGF system during his postdoctoral studies at the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Rechler at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, USA, from 1991 to 1994. He returned to Australia and the University of Melbourne, where he headed the Growth Factor Laboratory. In 2005, he moved to Monash University as a Professor of medicine. He is a Deputy Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Alfred Hospital. Bach’s major research interests are in the biological roles of IGF binding proteins, including their functions as modulators of IGF actions; the roles of advanced glycation in the development of diabetic complications. Bach is the President of the Endocrine Society of Australia and a Member of the Executive of the International Society for IGF Research. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Endocrinology, Growth Hormone and IGF Research and the Medical Journal of Australia.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2008