Abd Tahrani is a NIHR Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham, an Honorary Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology and the Lead for Weight Management research and Diabetic Neuropathy at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK. He gained his MD in 1998 from Aleppo Medical School in Syria and started his postgraduate training in General medicine in the UK in 2000. He obtained MRCP (UK) in 2003 and started training in Diabetes and Endocrinology in the West Midlands deanery as a Specialist Registrar in 2004. He was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology between 2007 and 2012 at the University of Birmingham and obtained Certificate of Completion in Training in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine in 2012.
During his training, Dr. Tahrani has obtained a Master degree in Medical Sciences (MMedSci) from Keele University in 2008 and a PhD in Medicine from University of Birmingham in 2012. His PhD thesis focused on exploring the pathogenesis of diabetes-related vascular complications, with particular focus on the role of obstructive sleep apnoea, ethnicity, oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. Dr. Tahrani has published over 80 peer reviewed publications and in excess of 90 abstracts. He presented his work and was invited to speak in several national and international conferences including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), The Endocrinology Society, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), SLEEP, NeuroDiab, the EASD eye complication (EASDec), Diabetes UK, the British Endocrine Society (BES), the British Sleep Society, the SCOPE school and the British Science Festival amongst others.
His research interests include the metabolic consequences and the impact of obstructive sleep apnoea and sleep disorders in patients with diabetes, the pathogenesis of diabetes-related microvascular complications, the pharmacology of type 2 diabetes and obesity, obesity management and ethnic differences in diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Tahrani has won several awards including the Society for Endocrinology Clinical Cases Award in 2009, The Sanofi Aventis Clinical Excellence Award in 2009, the EASD travel award in 2011, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Sleep Disordered Breathing section investigator of the year award in 2013, a Clinician Scientist award from NIHR in 2013 and many local regional prizes. Dr. Tahrani was also nominated to the Nick Hales young investigator award by Diabetes UK in 2011. In addition, Dr. Tahrani has won a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research training fellowship that funded his PhD work and a NIHR Clinician Scientist award.
Dr. Tahrani is currently the diabetes and metabolism section editor for BMC Endocrine disorders and an editorial advisor to BMC Obesity. He serves on the editorial boards of the World Journal of Diabetes, Journal of Translational Internal Medicine, and Biomed Research International. Dr. Tahrani was the editorial consultant for the type 1 diabetes module of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Tahrani is a grant reviewer to the Hong Kong research council, NIHR, MRC and other funding agencies. Dr. Tahrani peer reviewed manuscripts to several leading journals including: the Lancet, Lancet D&E, Annals of internal Medicine, the BMJ, CMAJ, JACC, Diabetes care, JCEM, Diabetologia, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Thyroid, European Journal of Endocrinology, Clinical Endocrinology, Diabetic Medicine, Endocrine practice, BMC Endocrine disorders, the British Journal of General Practice, Diabetes Research in Clinical Practice, and Cardiovascular Diabetology amongst many others.
Dr. Tahrani is included the Who’s Who in the world directory, his diabetes research featured on the NIHR website and he was a member of the latest NeuroDiab consensus statement. Dr. Tahrani has served on the clinical committee and the young endocrinologist committee of the Society of Endocrinology and he is an examiner at the Royal College of Physicians.