• School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    The Diabetes Research Group at Aston University studies the regulation of nutrient metabolism, the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus and obesity, and the development of new therapies. Specific interests include:

    • Pathogenesis and interventional approaches against insulin resistance
    • Discovery and development of agents to treat diabetes and obesity
    • Islet transplantation and therapeutic use of genetically modified insulin-releasing cells
    • Study design and evaluation of therapies for diabetes and obesity

    Teaching Activity

    I contribute to lectures and practical classes in physiology and lectures and workshops in clinical pharmacy.


    Professor and Head of Diabetes Research, Aston University
    Formerly Reader and Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, and Lecturer in Physiology, Aston University

    1998 FRCP, Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
    1996 FRCPath, Fellowship, Royal College of Pathologists

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • British Endocrine Society
    • British Pharmacological Society
    • Diabetes UK, Medical and Scientific Section
    • European Association for the Study of Diabetes
    • Founding member of EASD Islet Study Group
    • International Society of Diabetes & Vascular Disease
    • Royal College of Pathologists
    • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburg

    Administrative Roles

    Director Biomedical Sciences Research - Nutritional Biomedicine Research Group

    Member of the Pharmacy and Biology Teaching Programmes

    Member of research strand 'Mechanisms of age-related transitions' - Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing

    Member of research strand: 'Technologies supporting healthy ageing' -  Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing


    1995      Ciba Lecture prize in Clinical Biochemistry
    1996     Citations in Who’s Who in Science (USA), Who’s Who in Medicine (USA)
    2001      Howard Kolodny Lecture, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
    2003      St. Andrew’s Symposium Lecture, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
    2007      University of Bath, Pharmacy Centenary Lecture
    2008      Fernandez-Cruz XXVII Memorial Symposium Lecturer
    2012      American Diabetes Association, State-of-the-Art Lecturer
    2013      The Lunar Society Medal
    2014      Elsie Bertram Memorial Lecture, University of East Anglia
    2015      Banting Memorial Lecturer 2015
    2015      Royal Society of Biology Charter Lecturer
    2016      Aston University Anniversary Chair

    Contact Details

    Email: [email protected] 
    telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3898
    fax: +44 (0) 121 204 3892


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