Professor Timothy Barrett

Timothy Barrett Professor of pediatrics, honorary advisor in endocrinology and pediatric diabetes and program director for the Wellcome Trust clinical research institute at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Timothy has published over 100 research papers in scientific journals, as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of pediatrics, diabetes and the genetics of childhood diabetes syndromes. He received important grants from The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, Directorate General of the European Union for Health and Consumer Affairs, Diabetes UK and Wellchild. It conducts NHS national specialist counseling services in rare diabetes syndromes and a clinical practice occupied with general diabetes, type 2 diabetes in children and tertiary endocrinology. He is an enthusiastic teacher and a communicator on the topics of genetics and monogenic diabetes and conferences at national and international level. Timothy contributes to local and national media and advises the BBC on stories related to obesity and child metabolism.


Timothy Barrett qualified with MB BS in medicine and surgery at London Hospital Medical College, London University in 1986. He has completed training in pediatrics such as Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Hackney, St George’s Hospital London and Great Ormond. Street Hospital first obtaining DCH in 1988 and MRCP (UK) in 1990. He continued his pediatric education as a chancellor at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and continued to study for a doctorate in genetics at the University of Birmingham under Professor Sarah Bundey. The subject for his doctorate was the genetics of Wolfram syndrome. He then returned to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital to complete higher specialist education in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes, becoming Senior Lecturer and Honorary Adviser in 1998. Timothy was awarded the Royal College of Physicians in 1990, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. in 1998 and Fellowship in 2004. He became Reader in Paediatrics in 2004, Professor of Paediatrics in 2006 and Leonard Parsons Professor in 2011. He has been Director of Wellcome Clinical Research Facility (Pediatrics) in Birmingham since 2008. Understanding the rare childhood diabetes syndromes has been a significant theme in Timothy’s research and has led a laboratory research group incorporated into medical and molecular genetics since 1998.

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