The Society welcomes new President

The Physiological Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a new President, Professor David Eisner, who succeeds Professor Richard Vaughan-Jones.

Since 2000, David Eisner has held The British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiac Physiology in the University of Manchester.  Previously, he worked at University College London and the University of Liverpool.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.  His research focuses on the regulation of intracellular calcium in cardiac muscle and he is interested in both normal physiology and in the alterations that lead to cardiac arrhythmias.

David has previously served The Society as Chair of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Physiology and as International Secretary.  

Asked about his new role David said: “It is a pleasure and honour to have been elected as President.  The Physiological Society was the first society I joined (in 1980) and I have benefited enormously from it during my career.  It will be a challenge to do as good a job as Richard did during his term of office.”  

David will be succeeded by newly appointed Deputy President Bridget Lumb, of the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Bristol. Bridget is a former Meetings Secretary of The Society. 

Professor Bridget Lumb was born in 1955, was educated at Manchester High School for Girls and graduated with a BSc (1978) and PhD (1982) from the University of Birmingham. She presented her first communication to the Society in 1983 and has been a Member of the Society since 1990.

Bridget’s experience of Higher Education started as a technician in the Physiology Department at Nottingham University in the 1970s and latterly at Bristol where she has worked in the Department of Physiology (now Physiology and Pharmacology) for the last 27 years, starting as a postdoctoral worker.

Bridget’s experience spans a broad academic arena e.g. membership of editorial boards (including deputy chair of Experimental Physiology) and grant awarding bodies and council membership of The Physiological Society. As its scientific Meetings Secretary, she became the first female executive committee member of the Society in 126 years. In this role, she was involved in strategic development of the Society and, additionally, set the agenda and organised scientific meetings in the UK and at many international venues. She was also a member and chaired several of the Society’s committees, including its Education Committee and the Animal Legislation and Welfare Committee.