Diabetes FRAIL


Professor Alan Sinclair

Diabetes Frail

Professor Alan Sinclair is the Director of the Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People at Diabetes Frail Ltd, a not-for-profit research organisation established in 2014. This Foundation takes forward the work of the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) which was previously established by Professor Sinclair in 2008. Alan is an international expert in diabetes and geriatrics and was Professor of Medicine at the University of Bedfordshire and Dean at the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School, as well as being a consultant diabetologist and geriatrician at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, Bedfordshire, UK.

Professor Sinclair has provided advice for the UK NICE organisation and the UK Department of Health on matters relating to diabetes in older people. He has produced international guidelines on diabetes care for older people and more recently co-led an IDF initiative in this area. Professor Sinclair was Academic Director of the EUGMS (European Union Geriatric Medicine Society) between 2001 and 2005. He has significant interests in ageing, frailty and sarcopaenia as well as nutrition, stroke illness, and cognitive dysfunction/Alzheimer’s disease. Alan has been designated a WHO Expert in Diabetes. He is the author of many papers in the areas of geriatrics, nutrition and diabetes. He is the author of the first textbook on diabetes in old age, Diabetes in Old Age (Wiley-Blackwell), the fourth edition of which is currently in preparation.

Alan is involved in four leading EU-funded studies in the areas of diabetes, frailty, and older people, and has led or co-led several UK-based initiatives on care home diabetes, end of life diabetes care, and diabetes and dementia.