Patrick Bell graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with Honours in 1977. He trained in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Belfast and the Mayo Clinic, USA. In 1986 he was appointed Consultant Physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he continues his clinical, research and teaching practice. Currently he is Clinical Lead for Diabetes in the Belfast Trust, and Honorary Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast. His main research interests are in carbohydrate metabolism and diabetes mellitus, in particular insulin resistance.