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Professor David Owens

Chair, Medicine

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+44 (0) 1792 602208

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Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Professor David R Owens is the Clinical lead for Diabetes Related Retinopathy in the Diabetes Research Group, Swansea University Medical School. He provides support to the MSc Diabetes Practice course and supervision for PhD projects, both in the Unit and elsewhere. He is a regular external examiner of various dissertations both nationally and internationally. 

Professor Owens works closely with the International Diabetes Federation in producing educational material on diabetes related eye disease and formulating programmes for future conferences on diabetes complications. He has been involved over many years in supporting the development of diabetes services in a number of developing counti

Areas Of Expertise

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Insulin – pharmacology and clinical applications.
  • Pathophysiology - type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetes related retinopathy, foot disease
  • Screening/management of retinopathy
  • Literature reviews
  • Quantitative research methodologies
  • Data analysis

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Professor Owens is a faculty member of the ‘Rising Stars Diabetes Educational programme’ in collaboration with the International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis, USA. Annually, prior to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meetings a two day meeting is held involving 50-60 doctors invited from across the world to explore advance in diabetes management through lectures and workshops. 


David Owens giving a speech

Professor Owens research interests include: 

Glucose monitoring, Glucose variability and diabetes complications, diabetic eye disease including diabetic retinopathy (epidemiology, screening, automated analysis, artificial intelligence, prediction of other diabetes related complications based on the analysis of retinal images eg cardiovascular disease, and stroke/dementia) and diabetic maculopathy (diagnosis and management).  

Professor Owens has successfully established diabetes related retinopathy screening programmes in Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago and is currently involved with Peru. 

He is involved with colleagues in utilising data derived from Primary and Secondary Care vis the Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) data bank to explore for research purposes the epidemiology, management and clinical outcomes involving people with diabetes.

Award Highlights

In 1999 Professor Owens was awarded the BUPA Foundation (Medical Research Charity) Clinical Excellence Award. 

In 2001 Professor Owens was awarded the CBE for services to the NHS and especially for Diabetes care. 

In 2018 he was awarded the Royal College of Physicians International Prize for Excellence in Patient Care for outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care overseas, with two colleagues Dr Rebecca Thomas and Dr Jane Lewis who were involed in Diabetic Eye and Diabetic Foot elements of the International programme, respectively.   


International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis, USA 

International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI) Lyon

Chinese University of Hong Kong 

McMaster University, Canada

International Diabetes Federation, Brussels 

London: Moorfields Eye Hospital