Anna Solini is Associate Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Pisa, Italy, specialising in diabetes and metabolic diseases, gastroenterology and gerontology. She teaches and assesses undergraduate medical students and postdoctoral specialists in internal medicine, geriatrics and emergency medicine studying in the school of medicine at the university. Professor Solini’s research is mainly focused on vascular complications of diabetes (nephropathy and cardiovascular disease), hypertension in diabetes and mechanisms of systemic and tissue-specific inflammatory responses. She has been invited to speak at over 230 national and international meetings. She is a member of a range of national and international committees, including the Steno Research Collaboration committee. She has published 178 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 book chapters, and serves as regular reviewer for several journals, including BMJ, DOM, JASN; Diabetes; Diabetologia; JCEM. She is also a member of the editorial board of several journals. Anna wonthe Parma Diabetes Medal for the best Italian young investigator from the Italian Society of Diabetology in 1997 and the Hyppocrates Prize from the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes in 1998.