I obtained a BSc in Medical Science from the University of St. Andrews, and subsequently went onto the University of Manchester to study Medicine (MBChB) from which graduated in 2005. Part way through the MBChB, I completed an MSc in population Health (MPHe). During this period, I undertook evidence based reviews on treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy, which also formed my thesis. My Interest in neuropathic pain stemmed from this work. The genesis of my research education began whilst working on peripheral nerve histology in experimental rat and baboon models of diabetic neuropathy as a fourth year medical student. Prior to entering higher specialist training in Endocrinology and Diabetes, I pursued a PhD in Diabetic Neuropathy and Vitamin D at University of Manchester from which I graduated in 2014. During this time, I worked on large NIH and JDRF funded projects defining novel surrogate markers for small fibre neuropathy which have been published in leading journals such as Diabetes and Diabetes Care. My clinical and research expertise lie in pathogenesis, assessment and treatment of diabetic neuropathy and I have published over 30 journal papers in the last six years. I have presented on this both nationally and internationally.
I was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician in Endocrinology and Diabetes in April 2017 at the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool. I am a member of the Royal College of Physicians, NeuroDiab, Diabetes UK and am a council member for Lipids, Metabolism and Vascular Risk section of the Royal Society of Medicine and a regular peer reviewer to several leading journals in the field of diabetes including, Obesity & Metabolism, Diabetic Medicine and Journal of Diabetes to name a few.
My work at University of Liverpool will continue to focus on non-invasive surrogate endpoint of peripheral neuropathies and skin biopsy.