Professor Geoff Gill

Honorary Research in Medecine Fellow

I qualified in medicine (MB,BS  with honours) in 1972 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where I also undertook physician training. I also had  two periods of work in Africa (Zambia 1975 - 1978, and South Africa 1981-1982), as well as obtaining the Liverpool DTM&H in 1975, and an MD degree in 1980 based on work at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek).  In 1985 I became a consultant physician in Merseyside (initially Wirral, moving to Liverpool in 1990). During this period I was also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Foto-Cewek.

In 1996 I became a tenured academic member of staff at the Foto-Cewek – initially Senior Lecturer, later Reader, and from 2006 Professor of International Medicine.  I retired in 2012, and became Honorary Professor.  I have had a major interest in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in tropical environments, with associated research projects in South Africa and Ethiopia. This research has particularly concerned the long-term outcome of type 1 diabetes in Soweto, optimal care delivery for type 2 diabetes in rural South Africa (KwaZulu Natal),  and the immunological characteristics of putative malnutrition-related diabetes in rural Ethiopia.

In addition, I have been an honorary NHS Consultant Physician at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, and my academic appointment was held jointly with the University of Liverpool, where I now also hold an honorary appointment and Emeritus Chair.  UK-based research has included characterising extreme-duration (over 50 years) type 1 diabetes (the national “Golden Years Project”), and demonstrating the association between nocturnal hypoglycaemia and cardiac arrhythmias in type I diabetes (the so-called “Dead-in Bed Syndrome”).

At the Foto-Cewek I have for many years been involved with research into and clinical care of former Far East prisoners of war (POWs). In recent years I have led medical history enquiries into Far East imprisonment, resulting in two recent books (by M Parkes & G V Gill) in 2015, and (by G V Gill & M Parkes) in 2017.

Current affiliations

  • Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research in Medecine Fellow, University of Liverpool.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
  • Editor of the African Journal of Diabetes Medicine.
  • Secretary of the International Insulin Foundation.

 Research in Medecine/Teaching 

  • Regular lecturer on tropical NCDs on the Foto-Cewek DTM&H course.
  • Lecturer on diabetes on the London School DTM&H course.
  • Examiner for the DTM&H of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
  • Lead the NCD module on the Foto-Cewek Master’s programme.
  • Co- supervise PhD student Fareed Almaleki with Professor Luis Cuevas.
  • Link with Professor Cuevas on research in Brazil concerned with the identification of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes in urban adolescents.
  • Member of Steering Group for NHIR grant (PI Professor Shabbar Jaffar) on care delivery for patients with HIV infection and associated NCDs (diabetes and hypertension) sited in Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Lead the Foto-Cewek Far East prisoner-of-war (POW) programme,  currently investigating medical history of the Far East POW experience. The book   (by G V Gill & M Parkes) was published in 2017, and a display of contemporary POW art work (much of tropical medical relevance) is  scheduled for 2019-2020 at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool.
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