Richard Weller

About Richard Weller

Dr Richard Weller is an academic dermatologist at the University of Edinburgh dividing his time between clinical practice and research. He first identified a new pathway by which sunlight mediates systemic health benefits independently of vitamin D. This occurs by release of nitric oxide from stores in the skin, producing cardiovascular and possibly other benefits. His work has called into question the one-eyed dermatology view of sunlight which only considers risks without any significant balancing understanding of the benefits of sun exposure. His work has been published in leading scientific journals but has also accrued significant public interest and a TED talk he gave on his research has been viewed more than a million times.