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 Clinical Training Fellow. He spent two years with Dr Keith Parker at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA, as a visiting fellow. He returned to the UK in 2000 to the University of Southampton, completing speciality training in Endocrinology and Diabetes in 2004 while he was an NIHR Clinician Scientist. He was awarded a personal Chair in 2006 and moved to a Chair of Medicine position at the University of Manchester in 2008 as part of Manchester's first NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. During his time in Manchester, he has held a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science alongside research grants from MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and other bodies, and led the Centre for Endocrinology & Diabetes (2013-2017). In 2018, he served as President of the Association of Physicians of GB & Ireland and helped oversee its transition into an open membership body.