Dr. Nigel Irwin Ulster University, UK

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Nigel Irwin is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ulster University. During his undergraduate studies (1997-2001) Nigel undertook a placement year in the laboratory of Tomas Ordog at the School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno, leading to award of a Diploma... read morein Industrial Studies. This time in Reno is where he got his first real appreciation of diabetes related research. He then received his PhD in diabetes and endocrinology from Ulster University (2004). Following this, Nigel took up a position of Research Associate, and subsequently Research Fellow, in diabetes at Ulster. Later he was appointed as Lecturer, and currently Senior Lecturer, in Pharmacology. Nigel’s primary research interests focus on the exploitation of gut-derived peptides, such as Peptide YY (PYY), glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and xenin, for the treatment of diabetes and related disorders, including potential mechanisms of action. Nigel is the author of over 100 original research papers, holder of several patents, and recipient of numerous research awards.