Prof Rebecca M Reynolds


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Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Honorary Consultant Physician, NHS Lothian


  • General Diabetes
  • General Endocrinology
  • Antenatal Metabolic
  • Reproductive Endocrinology


  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Western General Hospital


Rebecca Reynolds studied medicine at Pembroke College, Oxford and graduated from the University of Oxford Medical School in 1992. She worked in Southampton before undertaking research in the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit as a Wellcome Trust Entry Level Training Fellow and then moving to Edinburgh as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow in 1999. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2002 for work on the early life programming of disease.  She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology and Diabetes and Consultant Physician in 2014 and awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of Metabolic Medicine in 2013.

Rebecca’s main research interest is in the early life origins of health and she was awarded the Nick Hales Award in 2011 by the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and the Curt Richter Award in 2012 by the International Society of Psychoneuronendocrinology in recognition of this work. Rebecca’s clinical work includes general diabetes and endocrinology and specialist clinics in reproductive endocrinology and pregnancy. She set up the antenatal metabolic clinic in 2008 with obstetric colleagues. This clinic manages women with metabolic problems in pregnancy including obesity and gestational diabetes and many women participate in clinical research studies supported by Tommys, the baby charity. Rebecca is Clinical Director of the University of Edinburgh Undergraduate Endocrinology and Diabetes Module and Personal Tutor for Undergraduate Medical Students. 

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