Prof Sinclair is an internationally and nationally recognised researcher in the field of diabetes in older people.

He is a World Health Organization (WHO)-recognised expert in diabetes and in 2014 was appointed to the WHO and International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Expert Group on Frailty reflecting his work in the area of diabetes and frailty.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, these include the recent 2013 IAGG Presidential Medal: which is the highest honour the IAGG can bestow upon a doctor – this was for services to diabetes.

The IDF (International Diabetes Federation) appointed Prof Sinclair to Co-Lead the Working party to produce Global Guidance on Managing Diabetes in Older People which is now published and available on the IDF website. Prof Sinclair was the first to be appointed by the Department of Health to the position of National Clinical Lead for Diabetes in Older People. He is currently leading discussions for the Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for developing quality diabetes standards in UK care homes: this follows on from his leadership of the first National Diabetes Audit in Care Homes (2013-4).

As well as a portfolio of current national and international research and a strong track record in high-impact publications, Prof. Sinclair has a considerable output in translational work having been the lead academic in producing current international and national guidelines for older people’s care and end of life care in diabetes.

He established the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP), which became a major platform for national and international research and translational work, and also led the development of the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) alongside NHS Diabetes.


Professor Alan Sinclair
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