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Richard Holt is Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Physician at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Prior to moving to Southampton in 2000, he completed his specialist training in diabetes and endocrinology in the south east Thames region. During this time, Prof Holt was awarded a PhD while working as a Medical Research Council clinical training fellow at King’s College Hospital.
Professor Holt leads the diabetes clinics for pregnancy, young adults and people with cystic fibrosis. The pregnancy clinic has undertaken innovative research which has informed both local and NICE national guidelines.
He is involvement in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in Southampton. Prof Holt is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Prof Holt is the immediate past-chair of the the Diabetes UK Council of Healthcare Professionals. He has worked closely with NHS Diabetes, the Royal College of Physicians and NICE to implement the National Service Framework for Diabetes and has contributed to Diabetes UK guidelines and position statements.
Professor Holt was an author of the Joint European Societies guidelines on the management of diabetes and cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness. He was a member of the NICE diabetes and pregnancy guideline development group, and currently represents Diabetes UK on the NICE diabetes prevention programme development group.
Areas of interest
Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes
Psychosocial aspects of diabetes
Diabetes and pregnancy
Cystic fibrosis related diabetes
Current NHS consultant posts held
Honorary Consultant Physician at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Holt’s research funding exceeds £3m. He is an international expert in the links between diabetes and mental illness. He is also an expert in doping with growth hormone, and acts as an adviser to UK Sport (including 2012 preparations) and world and US anti-doping agencies. Prof Holt has lectured nationally and internationally on these subjects.
European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Travel Award, 1995 and 1998.
Society for Endocrinology and Royal Society Travel Award, 1996.
European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Young Investigator's Award, 1997.
Society for Endocrinology Travel Award, 1998 and 2000.
HM Queen’s recognition of services to health and life sciences, 2004.
Diabetes UK Mary Mackinnon Lectureship, 2011.
Prof Holt has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, and is the editor of a the Textbook of Diabetes. He is the European Region editor of Diabetic Medicine, and reviews editor for Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism.
Information on Prof Holt's research and publications| is available on the University of Southampton website
- MA University of Cambridge 1989
- MB BChir University of Cambridge 1989
- PhD University of London 1999
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