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Andrew Boulton is Professor of Medicine with a special interest in diabetes and its complications at the University of Manchester and Consultant Physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  His clinical role includes inpatient supervision of patients with diabetic complications and outpatient clinics at the Manchester Diabetes Centre.  As director of the DIALEX (Diabetes Lower Extremity) Research Group I am responsible for:

  • Planning clinical research into diabetic complications
  • Developing collaborative research with colleagues in Europe and North America
  • Running undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in diabetes and its complications
  • In these roles I work closely with Professor Rayaz A Malik, Professor of Medicine


  • President-Elect, International Diabetes Federation, December 2017 -
  • Chairman, European Alliance for Diabetes Research (EURADIA), February 2017 -
  • He is the 2017 Banting Memorial Lecturer of Diabetes UK
  • Professor Boulton is immediate past-President of the EuropeanAssociation for the Study of Diabetes 2012-2016. He is currently President of Worldwide Initiative for Diabetes Education and has strong links with American centres
  • He is currently Professor of Medicine (Diabetes) at the University of Manchester and Consultant Physician at the Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • He has published over 300 peer review papers and currently holds major grants as listed above
  • Andrew was the first Awardee of the International Award into Diabetic Foot Research (1995) and has also received the Castelli-Pedroli Prize from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2003) and the Roger Pecoraro Award from the American Diabetes Association (1996)
  • More recently he was awarded (2005) the Edward Olmos Award for Advocacy in the Prevention of Amputation in Diabetes
  • Andrew was formally Editor of Diabetic Medicine (1991- 1995) and is currently an Associate Editor for Diabetes Care as well as being on the Editorial Board of Current Diabetes reports and the International Diabetes Monitor. He currently is the advisor to the NIH for the EDIC Study (Epidemiology of Diabetes and its Complications), the follow up of the DCTT Study
  • From 2002 to 2004 Andrew Boulton was Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami and he still holds a visiting professorship to the Diabetes Research Institute of that University

Research interests

I am a member of the Institute of Health Sciences Diabetes and Obesity Research Network. My research interests in this area include:

  • Clinical Research in Diabetic Foot: The Manchester DIALEX (Diabetes Lower Extremity Research Group) has been actively researching clinical aspects of diabetic foot disease over the last 20 years. Over 200 peer reviewed research articles have been published as a result of research in this group.
  • Clinical Aspects of Diabetic Somatic Peripheral Neuropathy: Again the DIALEX Research Group has been active in researching clinical aspects of the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
  • Clinical Research in Diabetic Nephropathy: In collaboration with Professor Gokal and more recently Dr Anand Vardhan, the Group has been active in researching clinical aspects of the management of diabetic nephropathy at all stages.
  • Grants: Prof Boulton holds grants from a number of organisations including Diabetes UK and the National Institutes of Health, USA.


  • Epidemiology
  • Micro-vascular problems (eg nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy)



Andrew Boulton is part-retired now and in the past has regularly taught undergraduate medical students in their clinical years and has supervised many students in reseach projects.


Andrew has successfully supervised around 15 PhD and MD Students. He is currently supervising 2 PhD and one MD students.

My collaborations

  • Professor David Armstrong
    Professor Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. 
  • Professor John Bowker & Professor Mark Mizel
    School of Orthopaedics, University of Miami, Florida, USA
  • Professor Robert Gailey
    School of Orthopaedics, University of Miami, Florida, USA
  • Professor Robert Kirsner
    University of Miami, Department of Dermatology, Florida, USA
  • Professor Lawrence Lavery
    University of Texas, Dallas, Texas, USA

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Andrew Boulton is member of the British, European and American Diabetes Associations, and the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  From 1995 - 2002 he was Director of Postgraduate Education for the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and from 2002 to 2004 he was Programme Chair/Honorary Secretary of the EASD.
  • Immediate past-President (2012-2016)of the EASD and EFSD (European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes).
  • He sits as the expert on diabetic neuropathy and foot problems on the NIH/NIDDK/DCCT/EDIC Advisory Board
  • He is also Honorary President of the Diabetic Foot Society of South Africa
  • President of Worldwide Initiative for Diabetes Education
  • Banting Memorial Lecturer 2017 
  • Fellow of the Indian College of Physicians
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians

Methodological knowledge

  • Case control studies
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Randomised control trials/experimental studies
  • Systematic reviews/evidence based practise


  • Andrew Boulton graduated with honours in medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (MB, BS (Honours), 1976) and subsequently obtained the MRCP (UK) in 1979 and he was elected FRCP in 1992. He obtained his MD in complications of diabetes from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1985. After clinical training in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sheffield and later Miami, Andrew Boulton was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medicine/Consultant Physician at the University of Manchester in 1986. He was subsequently promoted to Reader and then in 1995 to Professor of Medicine.  DSc (Hon), University of Cluj (Romania), 2004.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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