Dr. Alex Wright

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Dr. Alex Wright
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham

Dr Alex Wright is a Consultant Physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, and the Manor Hospital in Walsall, UK, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

He has cared for people with diabetes for 60 years since graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1961.

Dr Wright’s career has brought him into contact with many clinicians and scientists who have shaped the history of insulin and the evolution of diabetes care – among them: R.D. Lawrence, Robert Turner, Charles Best, Fred Sanger, Hans Krebs and Rosalyn Yalow.

He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada and assisted Professor Bill Spalding in setting up diabetes services at McMaster University Medical Centre, Canada, and an outreach clinic in the First Nation Indian Reserve at Ohsweken, Canada.

Dr Wright worked with Professor John Malins and Dr Michael Fitzgerald at The Birmingham General Hospital, Birmingham which was chosen by Robert Turner as one of the six pilot centres for the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS); he served on the UKPDS Policy and Advisory Board.

Dr Wright attended the 50-year celebration of insulin in Toronto in 1971.

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