Prof Dick qualified in medicine (MBBS) with a degree in Biochemistry (BSc (Hons)) from the University of London. During his medical education he spent an MRC sponsored year as a research associate in Biochemistry with Professor Coleman in Yale. Following his internship he entered resident training in internal medicine and qualified with MRCP. After which he entered ophthalmology residency and obtained his postgraduate research degree, MD in Immunology in 1993 at the University of Aberdeen. He underwent an MRC Post Doctoral Travelling Fellowship to work with Jon Sedgwick at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology in Sydney Australia and moved to University of Bristol in 2000 as Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology.
Current to his chair in Bristol and role as Director of Research for Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, he is also on Faculty of NIHR-Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology at UCL, London, where he leads the experimental medicine theme of Inflammation and Immunotherapeutics.
His research spans the basic and translational science to early phase trials in inflammation as related to auto inflammatory, autoimmune and degenerative retinal disease. The labs have been instrumental in the understanding of inflammatory cell kinetics during inflammation, immune contribution to tissue damage and in particular macrophage biology and the control of macrophage activation. Professor Dick is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK for his significant contribution to research and scholarship and was awarded the Alcon Research Institute Research annual award in 2011.