Simon leads the Prevention of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders Programme which contributes to efforts aimed at preventing the growing burden of diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders by translating epidemiological knowledge into preventive action, and evaluating the effectiveness of different preventive approaches.
Simon qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1986 and trained in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Southampton and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving to the University of Cambridge in 1998. He joined the MRC Epidemiology Unit in 2005. In addition to his role in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Simon is also Professor of General Practice, Honorary Professor of General Medical Practice at Aarhus University Denmark, Honorary Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Assistant General Practitioner at Lensfield Medical Practice, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and Wolfson College. Away from work Simon plays soccer and surfs.