Brian Frier

Brian Frier


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Formerly Prof Frier was a consultant physician in general (internal) medicine and diabetes at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (1987-2012) and previously at the Western Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow (1982-1987). Professor Frier graduated in Medicine at the Unuiversity of Edinburgh and trained in Edinburgh, Dundee and New York, USA, where he was a Research Fellow in Diabetes and Metabolism at The New York Hospital and Cornell University.

Prof Frier was formerly Chair of the UK Government Scientific Advisory Committee on Diabetes Research in Scotland (2003-06) and Chair of the Honorary Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes to the Secretary of State for the Department for Transport (2001-12).


My research in a nutshell

Research: Prof Frier's principal research interest is the pathophysiology of hypoglycaemia in humans with particular relevance to diabetes. Other research interests in diabetes include cognitive function, insulin therapy and driving.  He has published extensively on hypoglycaemia, and has co-authored two major textbooks on hypoglycaemia and diabetes.  He has mentored 20 postgraduate research fellows working on hypoglycaemia. 

Research Groups: Member of MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology, Edinburgh

Prof Frier continues to collaborate with colleagues in the UK and abroad on hypoglycaemia research including the effects on cognitive function, and studies on symptomatology, morbidity and epidemiology.


  • R Medicine (General)
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive function


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