Dr. Taylor qualified in medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and is Professor of Medicine and Metabolism at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust. He has been conducting research on type 2 diabetes since 1978, and sequentially studied human adipose tissue, fibroblasts, muscle and then liver and whole body. He worked with Professor Gerald Shulman at Yale in 1990-91, and laying the basis for subsequent research. He created the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre in 2006 and has focussed on developing techniques to elucidate how food is handled by the body in health and disease. Recently he has demonstrated the physiological mechanisms whereby type 2 diabetes can be reversed to normal, throwing light on the aetiology of a condition previously regarded as complex and heterogenous. This is described in his book ‘Life Without Diabetes’ published in January 2020.