Edwin Gale is Emeritus Professor of Diabetic Medicine and former Head of the University Department of Clinical Science in North Bristol. He qualified in 1972 and developed a major interest in diabetes when working with Robert Tattersall in Nottingham. He trained in Copenhagen and Oxford before becoming a Senior Lecturer (rising to Professor) at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. He moved from there to Bristol with his team in 1997. His research has mainly related to the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes, but he has written reviews and opinion pieces on many aspects of diabetes, and was Editor of Diabetologia from 2003-2010. He also has an interest in drug safety issues, and chaired the Special Advisory Group on diabetes and endocrinology for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from 2006-2011.