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Prof David Kerr MBChB, MD, FRCPE

Director of Research and Innovation, William Sansum Diabetes Center, Santa Barbara, California (www.sansum.org)

David Kerr is a UK trained physician and endocrinologist. This is his third time living in the US having been a researcher at Yale in the 1990’s and then an Editor of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology in 2010 while he lived in the San Francisco Bay area.

Prof Kerr went to school and University in Scotland and subsequently spent most of his professional life being a full-time clinician and the rest of the time educating the English on best practices for the effective management of diabetes. David is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University and for many years has held a Gold Clinical Excellence Award from the National Health Service in the UK. Over the years his research has focused on practical concerns for people living with diabetes including hypoglycemia, the impact of caffeine and alcohol on hypoglycemia awareness, service delivery, in-hospital diabetes care and the development, evaluation and introduction of digital health for diabetes care. He is also a regular blogger on BMJ.com

He is creator and founder of (a) www.diabetestravel.org (previously www.VoyageMD.com) a free on line resource focusing on long-haul travel and diabetes, (b) www.excarbs.com to help people with insulin treated diabetes participate in physical activity and (c) ‘Appy Feet – a free smartphone app for people with diabetes complicated by painful neuropathy.

Prof Kerr joined the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara in April 2014 to help develop the idea of “breaking the code” – taking what is already available and what is being developed and modifying and creating technology to benefit the maximum number of people with diabetes for the longest period of time and with the minimum disruption to their lives.

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