Neil Hanley graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 with a MBChB in Medicine and Surgery, and a BSc Hons in Pharmacology. After 'House jobs', he moved to Newcastle to complete early internal medicine postgraduate training and MRCP, after which he began a PhD in Molecular Genetics as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellow. Two years of the PhD were spent with Dr Keith Parker at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA. He returned to the UK in 2000 to the University of Southampton, completing speciality training in Endocrinology and Diabetes in 2004 whilst an NIHR Clinician Scientist. He was awarded a personal Chair in 2006 and moved to a Chair of Medicine at the University of Manchester in 2008, as part of the Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Genetics & Developmental Medicine at the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT). In 2009, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science.