Richard is Elsie Ingls Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science, University of Edinburgh, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Head of Section, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Edinburgh
Undergraduate training in medicine was punctuated by a PhD in neuroendocrinology in the MRC Brain Metabolism Unit. Subsequently trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Edinburgh, with a WHO Research Fellow post then Subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine with David Baird. After a year in UC San Diego he returned to the MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit in 1998 with a Consultant post in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Subsequently appointed to Chair of Clinical Reproductive Science at the University in 2005: over subsequent years he has established a group investigating female reproductive lifespan, with laboratory and clinical aspects particularly related to the adverse effects of cancer treatment on fertility. He has also conducted clinical studies developing our understanding of the novel neuropeptides kisspeptin and neurokinin B in human reproductive function in men and women.