John Pickup

Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2013

Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism

King's College London


John Pickup is Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism at King’s College London School of Medicine, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK. He received both his PhD and medical training at the University of Oxford. After a fellowship at the Endocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and an appointment at the Hammersmith Hospital in London he moved to Guy’s Hospital. He has also been Visiting Professor in the Dept of Physics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow since 2005.

He has a long-standing interest in the development and clinical application of novel technology for the improved management of diabetes, starting from the development of insulin pump therapy through to in vivo glucose sensors.  His current research focuses on insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring in clinical practice, developing novel fluorescence approaches to glucose sensing, applications of nanomedicine in diabetes, and activation of the innate immune system and inflammation as a cause of type 2 diabetes and its complications.

John Pickup is the recipient of several research awards, including the R D Lawrence Lectureship of Diabetes UK, the Gotch Prize, the Boehringer Mannheim Fellowship of the Biochemical Society, the BUPA Foundation Research Award and the Diabetes Leadership Award of the Diabetes Technology Society, and book awards from the Charlesworth Foundation, BMA, Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors.