Centre for In Vivo Imaging

Staff Profiles

Professor Roy Taylor

Director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre



In 2011 I identified the causative mechanisms of type 2 diabetes and showed how these are returned to normal by weight loss. This has led to a series of clinical studies on remission of type 2 diabetes which have also confirmed and extended understanding of the aetiological mechanisms. My role encompasses application of magnetic resonance methodology to clinical medicine, metabolic research in diabetes, clinical outcome research in diabetic pregnancy, prevention of blindness by retinal screening in diabetes, and  teaching in diabetes and obstetric medicine.

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Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, University of Newcastle
Honorary Consultant Physician, Newcastle Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Magnetic Resonance Centre

Honorary Consultant Physician, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Previous Positions

Visiting Professor, Yale University, 1990-1991
First Assistant, Metabolic Medicine, Newcastle, 1984-1985
MRC Research Fellow, Newcastle, 1981-1984


Honours and Awards 

Sir Robert W Philip Lecture of The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 2021

Samuel Gee Lecture of The Royal College of Physicians 2017

Harry Keen Rank Nutrition Prize Lecture Diabetes UK 2016

Banting Lecture - Diabetes UK 2012 

Arnold Bloom Lecture – Diabetes UK 2005

Chennai MDRF Gold Medal Oration on Diabetic Retinopathy 2005

Honyman Gillespie Lecture Edinburgh Medical School – 1992

RD Lawrence Lectureship of British Diabetic Association 1991

Albert Renold Fellowship European Association for the Study of Diabetes 1990 91

Samuel Lenard Simpson Fellowship Royal College of Physicians 1990 1991

Croom Lectureship Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1988


Research Interests

Aetiological mechanisms of type 2 diabetes

Clinical studies of remission of type 2 diabetes

Magnetic resonance studies of human metabolism in vivo
Establishment of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre
Insulin action in vivo
Metabolic abnormalities in type 2 diabetes

Other Expertise

Management of pregnancy in type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes
Management of hyperemesis gravidarum


MRC and Wellcome project grants
Diabetes UK grants
Other charity and industry funding


Undergraduate Teaching

lectures, seminars and bedside / out-patient teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

Post-clinic discussions
lectures to PRHO's and SHO's
Lectures as part of advanced postgrad courses on Diabetes

Lectures on the new understanding of type 2 diabetes nationally and internationally